2 New Dating Apps You Should Try
In the online dating world, you don’t have to worry about hitting it off with a woman only to have one of her friends pull her away from you. You don’t have to worry that she’ll have to leave suddenly in the middle of a conversation. You also have a chance to come into contact with women you may have never met otherwise.
These advantages have contributed to the rise in online dating after its humble beginnings as a magnet for social outcasts and predators. Here are two new dating apps you should check out if you’re tired of Tinder or OkCupid:
The founders of Happn are trying to add a human element to online dating. This app allows you to approve or reject potential matches, just like Tinder, except women appear in your feed only after you’ve crossed paths with them in person.
“It’s true that Tinder changed the rules of online dating,” Happn spokeswoman Marie Cosnard told the New York Times. “But at the same time, it’s still quite virtual, because you can browse profiles of people who are kilometers away. So we were thinking about how we could put more reality into online dating.”
Four million people use Happn, according to the company; however, many of them are overseas and/or in metropolitan areas. So if you’re in the suburbs, this app might not be for you.
“The downside of Happn … is that not many people use it even though it is growing quickly,” according to a review on Tech Times. “Moreover, unless an individual resides in a metropolitan city, the chances of them walking past several other Happn users seems quite slim.”
People who have downloaded this app, however, have praised the concept. According to one five-star reviewer from the Apple store: “I’ve been thinking someone should create an app like this for a while … glad they finally have.”
Hinge is a lot like Tinder except it only connects you to people within your immediate Facebook network. Because of this aspect, according to the blog BroBible, Hinge reduces user creepiness (especially appealing for women) through an increased sense of accountability:
“Because there’s a mutual friend, or friend of friend, in common between matches, the dudes who would normally open with [profanity] are too afraid that you’ll run and tell the mutual friend about their perverted ways.”
As a relatively new app, Hinge also suffers from a lack of users. Negative user reviews on Apple’s app store have reflected the dearth of matches. But the company has continued to expand, and an increasing number of online daters have started using it.
Hinge’s website claims that 66 percent of users seek relationships while only two percent want hookups.
About Jordan Murray Jordan is a journalist who has written extensively about dating and lifestyle for multiple publications.