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The Most Popular Dating Apps

Whether you are looking for a relationship that resembles a British Rom-Com (Love Actually, Notting Hill or About Time) or more so a 50 Shades of Grey-esque affair (maybe not), you should be able to find something to suit you. In this article we will explore some of the most popular dating apps available, in no particular order.


Bumble

Starting with Bumble, an app that aims to change the way the first contact between potential partners is made. Bumble’s unique selling point is that the women on the app make the first move. Once a potential match is made, the woman will receive a prompt to send a message within a 24 hour limit.


Bumble prioritises kindness and respect between users and reacts negatively if you constantly swipe right for each match in attempt to get the most matches.

You can find more about Bumble and download it here.

Hinge

Hinge is referred to as the app designed to be deleted, or the last dating app you may need. There is an extensive list of search criteria and specific information that users can add about themself (sexual preference, religion, alcohol consumption, drug use etc).

Hinge differs from some of the other dating apps in that you have a finite amount of ‘likes’ to give per day. Once you have surpassed the 10 like limit, you will have to wait 24 hours until you can start liking again. The more selective nature of Hinge makes each connection seem more genuine and well thought out. Rather than simply liking every profile, you have to make a careful decision.

Additional information about Hinge can be found here and downloaded.

Tinder

Arguably the most famous, or infamous, dating app in the world with over 26 million matches per day. Tinder allows you to connect with potential matches in your local area. Because it is popular there is a large amount of users and potential matches - and the larger amount of matches can encourage users to swipe right on each profile in an attempt to widen the net.

Tinder has more casual connotations in the dating world, however it can also be used if you are looking for a more serious relationship. It ultimately depends on the way you interact with the app and what your personal ambitions are.

Further information about Tinder can be found here on the download page.

Happn

Happn is a different type of dating app. It is designed to connect with people that you have crossed paths with during your day to day life. Naturally, both parties have to be on Happn for a potential connection to be made (it’s not magic!).

The app notes places that you pass by as you walk through the streets. When another user passes by a spot that you have frequented, their profile will become visible to you. If you want to be able to contact them you will need to like their profile. If they do the same, you will be able to start conversing.

Happn can be downloaded here where the app is explained in greater detail.

Grindr

Grindr has become one of the most popular dating apps for the gay scene launching in 2009. It is a network for the bi-sexual, transexual and gender queer communities. It allows you to connect with other users in your local area.

Users describe Grindr as being a safe space where they can interact with their matches and interact with the wider LGBT community.

If you are interested in downloading Grindr, you can do so here and read a more detailed description of the app.

Facebook Dating

The last dating ‘app’ on this list is Facebook Dating ; Facebook’s new dating service. It is currently in a testing phase and not fully available worldwide. With over 2.5 billion users of Facebook, it was only a matter of time before they entered the dating realm.

With Facebook already having access to a large amount of your personal information, you will soon be able to use this to your advantage and meet other interested parties on Facebook without the need of a specific dating app.

More information can be found about Facebook Dating here, so that you are ready to get started once it is rolled out worldwide.

Dating App Safety Advice

Before you get started with any one of these dating apps - depending on what takes your fancy - here is some advice to ensure that you stay safe.
  • The first time you meet up - do so in a public space. If anything seems suspicious you will be able to make a scene, or in the worst case, run away!
  • Be careful with the type of personal information that you give a match (address, bank account etc).
  • Finally it is recommended that before meeting up with any match, you download a personal safety app here. With one of these apps you will be able to make sure somebody knows your whereabouts during your date, or allow you to raise an alarm if anything goes wrong.


Good luck, enjoy and stay safe!

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