The focus that Tinder places on appearances has meant that the app has gained a reputation for being a “hook-up” app.While there are definitely stories about people meeting their significant others on Tinder, those stories tend to be the exception rather than the rule!
These features provide you with a lot of different options when choosing how to interact with others online, but the several different kinds of notifications can also become confusing! In addition to this, Ok Cupid has a much more streamlined design than Plenty of Fish, while still offering more options for connecting with potential matches than Tinder does.
The “Quickmatch” function is a swipe-based matching system, but other matches (determined based on your answers to quick yes/no questions) are ranked by their compatibility to you.
Its simplicity has been part of what makes it so attractive to its users – using geolocation, the app shows users profiles of their preferred gender and age-range within a set geographical area.
Profiles consist only of a first name, an age, a 500-character description, and up to six photos.
As well, you can access people’s profiles without matching with them, and leave a “like” on the profiles that spark your interest.
I did find that the interface for this app was more confusing than most of the others on this list – sometimes I would end up on a page without being entirely sure how I got there.
In fact, even the classic apps often had an option to do this kind of matching with others!
These copycat apps follow Tinder’s design almost exactly, but with a twist or two to make them unique.
Bumble (i OS only): Bumble was actually created by an employee of Tinder after she left the company, and was created with an intent to discourage gender issues in online dating.
Bumble includes almost all of the same features as Tinder, but has two key differences – women are the only ones who can message a match first, and if they don’t message within twenty-four hours of matching the match disappears.
These apps put their own spin on the idea of mobile dating, as both focus on the importance of an eventual in-person connection rather than online messaging.