The Top 10 Best Dating Apps (Free & Paid) 2019 – Technology has influenced and enhanced our lives in so many ways. Human beings are bio-cultural creatures. If you believe in evolution, then you understand that our bodies are still evolving and adapting in very subtle ways.
That’s basic biology but what we seldom speak about is how we evolve culturally. Technology is a part of cultural evolution because it shapes the way we now interact and socialize with each other. A major shift that technology has introduced is in the way we actually date and mate.
Once upon a time, online dating was ridiculed and looked down upon. Now it’s responsible for a lot of weddings. It creates relationships between people who would have never met if it were left up to fate.
Our attitudes towards online dating have drastically changed over the years, (just like our attitudes towards nerd-culture). It’s a normalized and engrafted part of our global culture. Dating applications allow us to meet people on our terms and according to our standards. We can be as shallow and as deep as we want to be.
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But every dating application has its niche, its strengths, and its weaknesses. So we took it upon ourselves to list ten of the best dating apps.. Not in order of best to worst. Listed randomly.
Top 10 Best Dating Apps (Free & Paid) For Hookups, Love & Relationship
Tinder is one of the most famous and infamous dating apps on the scene. Infamous because it is popularly known for casual hookups as opposed to romantic meetups and dates. However, Tinder has been responsible for long-lasting relationships as well as some successful weddings and marriages.
What makes Tinder so popular is its ease of use. Historically, it required users to have a Facebook account before they could set up a Tinder account. Fortunately, Tinder did away with this restriction.
The only other major restriction it has is an age restriction. You have to be 18 in order to set up a Tinder account. If you meet this requirement, you can then set up an account that consists of a 500 character bio and six images.
Make sure you use six of your best pictures and make sure your bio is smart, quippy and reflects who you are. First impressions really do count on Tinder.
You can also link your Tinder account to your Instagram, and include info about your employer and/or school. Discovery settings allow other users to find you if desired and set a few preferences regarding who you see.
Tinder shows you a photo, name, and age. You can tap on the photo to see additional information regarding the person and Facebook friends you share – that’s if you’ve signed up for an account using your Facebook profile. You can also choose to swipe right – to like them, left -to pass, or up if you want to use one of your “super likes” to show them you really like them. If you and another person have both swiped right on one another, a screen will appear showing that you’ve matched and inviting you to send them a message. The free option comes with limited swipes, and you’ll have to pay per month for unlimited swipes.
Tinder has an estimated total user-base of 50 million, 10 million of its users are daily users. 4 million of its users are paid, subscribers. The numbers speak for themselves. If you want a location-based dating application with a large dating pool, look no further than Tinder. Its the Best Dating App in our list at present.
If you’re looking for an alternative to Tinder with a lot more functionality, then a great alternative for you is OKCupid. OkCupid has been around since 2004. It transcends its label as a dating application.
It’s an internationally operating online dating, friendship, and social networking website and application. The site supports multiple modes of communication, including instant messages and email.
After creating a username, you’ll start filling out a very long profile, to which you can link to your Instagram and Facebook account.
You can answer questions, giving both your answer and what you’d like your potential match’s answer to be. You can also choose to make your answers public and note how important they are to you.
All options, including those for accessing the settings and viewing profiles, are located in a slide-out menu.
You can like people or message them in a similar fashion to Tinder, but messaging is your better bet: Users can see who has liked them only if they have upgraded to “A-list” status which is OKC’s premium account.
While OKC has a lot of cons when compared to Tinder, it still delivers a fully immersive dating app experience. If you want to be lucky on OKC, you have to make daily improvements and tweaks to your profile while exploring your matches.
Bumble is a culturally lesser known dating application. The reason we’ve put it on the third spot is the concept behind it. It essentially gamifies the entire dating experience. Its entire niche is geared towards women.
In heterosexual matches, only female users can make the first contact with matched male users, while in same-sex matches either person can send a message first.
The advantage of this is Women aren’t overwhelmed with unwanted messages since only they can initiate contact. According to one of the app’s founders, 60% of matches result in a conversation.
But they only have 24 hours to initiate contact with you (assuming you’re a male) once you’ve both swiped right. Which means if a woman you’re interested in doesn’t send you a message, then the match is lost.
Users can sign up using Facebook, and have options of searching for romantic matches or platonic matches in “BFF mode”. Setting up a bio is relatively easy, especially since your bio can be over 300 characters in length.
Search criteria is a little limited. It consists of gender, age, and location. If you’re looking for something a little more comprehensive in terms of match and search criteria, you could try OKCupid or the other alternatives on this list of best dating apps.
Coffee Meets Bagel is a relatively new dating app and website developed by three sisters from San Francisco. They were essentially sick of how Tinder worked and they felt they could offer something new to the online dating landscape.
CMB has a fun premise. Instead of forcing the user to search through the app for possible matches, CMB will send you a few potential matches (“Bagels”) per day. The user will then have 24 hours to decide if they want to “like” or “pass” on the bagel.
If you like your bagel and they have also liked you, you’ll connect, meaning that you’ll be able to message one another in a private chat. That chat room expires after eight days, regardless of whether you’ve talked with your bagel or not.
You can also earn “beans” that allow for extra app functions, either by purchasing them outright, recommending the app to your friends, or logging in on consecutive days.
The service also offers more specific preference options, meaning you can narrow your choices to certain religious beliefs or ethnicities if those things are important to you.
You can load up to nine photos and have a much more prolific profile, too. And if you’ve entered any icebreakers into your profile, the app will send one of them to a bagel you’ve connected with as the first message for greater convenience.
The fact that the chat room expires after a week puts some pressure on you to exchange phone numbers or meet up in real life or to just quietly fade away without any fuss. The interface is also relatively user-friendly, with large photos and clean text.
If you’re looking for a fun alternative to Tinder and OKC, you should definitely give CMB a chance. It has apps for both Android and iOS devices. You can also pay the website a visit if you’re keen.
Hinge has been around since 2012. It has always tried to seem younger and trendier than Match.com or eHarmony, while also being a less superficial version of Tinder. On the surface, Hinge seems like a Tinder copycat.
The big difference here is Hinge uses Facebook friends to facilitate connections. Not only does it show you the friends you have in common but it also shows you the interests you have in common. It does this by having you answer a bunch of questions through a Tinder-like interface.
For instance, it will ask you if you’ve been to a certain country and if you have you can swipe right (or left if you haven’t). This makes answering questions far easier and less time-consuming, not to mention more fun.
Another great feature is people can only message you if you’ve matched. Where it falls short is you can only add pictures of yourself from Facebook and Instagram. Which can be limiting if you’re not very active on either. And its niche may be its biggest downfall. Being able to only match with people on Facebook who are friends of friends may be a little restrictive for some people.
It’s also very possible to completely run out of matches. If you’re active on social media and you’d like to meet people you could date through Facebook, Hinge is definitely the best dating app for you. We’ve also heard news that Hinge will no longer require you to log into Facebook in future updates.
Have you ever crossed paths with a person at the mall or library and the vibe between you two felt so real that you could almost see sparks and stars? It happens more often than you think. People rarely capitalize on love at first sight.
This is a problem that Happn aims to solve. Happn’s focus is to match users based on locations where they’ve crossed paths. All your prospective matches are people you’ve crossed paths with, so you’re always starting out with something in common
You can like people secretly, and they won’t find out unless they like you, too. If you’re comfortable being bolder, then you can tap the Charm button to let them know you’re interested.
However, Charms cost coins which you’ll have to buy with real cash via in-app purchases. When you get a match (which Happn calls a Crush), you can start chatting with each other.
Happn uses the GPS functionality on your phone to track your movements. If you’ve been within 800 feet of a potential match, then you’ll see their profile. For that reason, it works best for people living in cities.
If you’re worried about being stalked, people can’t contact you unless you tap the Heart on their profile and Happn never displays your position to other users in real time. You can also block users if you have stalking concerns.
Wingman is another relative new dating app/site. If dating apps want to stand out from traditional online dating sites and apps like Tinder and Match.com, they have to provide a concept or niche that these others don’t have.
Wingman isn’t a dating app in the traditional sense, it’s more of a matchmaking app where your friends can play matchmaker by introducing you to potential matches.
You can basically sign up to the application and invite friends to be your wingman and find matches for you. But its entire functionality doesn’t hinge on this concept. You can also just search for your own matches without the help of a wingman.
If you’re going to select a wingman, the wingman can also set up their single friend by writing a testimonial, browsing through profiles and swiping on selected profiles before deciding who to introduce their friend to.
If you have a friend that you trust, this dating app is definitely worth trying out. It ranked 7th in our list of best dating apps.
Plenty of Fish is actually the oldest dating application and site on this list. It’s strange how it hasn’t had the same cultural impact that Tinder has. However, it is the most popular & best dating site, with 90 million users as of May 2017.
This gives it an advantage that most other apps don’t have. A variety and diversity of matches to choose from. Plenty of Fish loves to mention that users are 2.7 times more likely to be matched in their first 24 hours than with the use of any other app.
POF incorporates a bit of everything. It’s a light amalgamation of other dating apps. For instance, it has the swiping mechanics of Tinder and the location-based matching of Happn.
Much like other best dating apps, POF has you take a chemistry test of your likes and dislikes, and it quizzes you about your wants and needs from a relationship, so you can be sure that you’re likely to be matched with people who are looking for similar outcomes to your own.
It’s completely free and doesn’t charge to message or browse your matches. That makes it the ideal app to download if you’re in the market.
Pickable is the youngest application on this list. What makes Pickable unique is that it’s built towards anonymity for women. Women get to start browsing anonymously without the need to upload a picture, add a description or even set an age. If you’re a woman, nobody will know you’re using Pickable until you come across a guy you want to connect with.
Which means you don’t have to worry about less than ideal people such as co-workers and exes coming across your profile.
Women start by downloading the app and browsing anonymously. When a woman sees someone she wants to strike up a conversation with, all she has to do is shoot him a photo, which he can either accept and start chatting or skip and move along.
Pickable provides a more tailored experience for men as well. Men no longer need to swipe right; they can instead be spontaneous and simply look through the chat requests they receive and decide who to respond to.
This is the only dating app where men won’t actually browse anyone at all – they’ll have a dashboard, with real-time updates of the women currently browsing nearby, looking at their pictures.
Men upload a picture and set themselves as “pickable” for a certain timeframe, and then sit back and relax, and wait for women to contact them. Connections are within proximity to one another, which emphasizes meeting in person – not just endlessly texting.
While most dating apps rely on swiping, long survey responses and personal profile data, Pickable gives men a platform that is uncomplicated and promotes instant gratification. For women, this creates a worry-free dating experience, as seamless and comfortable as shopping online.
Pikable is available for both Android and iOS devices. Ranked 9th in the list of best free dating apps.
Badoo is one of the biggest & best dating apps out there right now. It’s actually less of a dating application and more of a social network. Badoo claims to add over 400,000 new people daily.
It uses facial recognition software to help you find people who match your celebrity crush. Or you can alternatively add your own specifications. For instance, if you want to find a tall, dark, handsome suitor, the app will return the best lookalikes to match your type.
If you want to be able to show up in search, you can upload your own selfie so that facial recognition will be able to find you if you match a description.
It also integrates some of Happn’s and Tinder’s functionality. You can discover possible suitors who live close to you. Another reason why it’s worth trying is because it is completely free in the the list of best free dating apps.
Using one of these apps could mean the end to your lonely nights. We hope that you’ve found this article to be helpful. Do you have any recommendations of your own? Do you want to point out a few blind spots or mistakes on our side? If you do, please leave a comment in the comment box below. As always, thank you for reading and happy hunting.