Whether you're looking for a date, a serious relationship or something in between, dating apps can help you find it. You might be one of the millions of people who find exactly what you're looking for, or you may decide that online dating definitely isn't your thing. No matter what the outcome might be, it's worth a shot, right?
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Here's the best part — there's absolutely no commitment. You can browse profiles of potential matches from the comfort of your own couch. You literally never have to meet anyone in person if you aren't feeling it. Of course, that sort of defeats the purpose of online dating altogether, but hey, you're the boss.
Here are the top five dating apps that can help change your life forever...or for a night...or not at all.
Once you've linked your Tinder account to Facebook, which is required to enable the app, you can set up a 500-character bio and add up to six pictures of yourself. Then the fun begins.
You'll see a picture of someone, along with the person's name and age. Tap on the photo to see more information and to check if you have any Facebook friends in common. If you're into the person, swipe right. If not, swipe left. If you want to show that you're REALLY interested, use a "super like." If both of you like each other, a screen will show up announcing you've matched. You can then send the person a message.
OkCupid is free and doesn't require Facebook to sign up. Once you create a username and fill out a pretty tedious profile, you'll be able to answer questions and choose what you'd like your potential match's answers to be. You can keep your answers private or make them public, but either way, a percentile score is created to determine compatibility.
If you find someone you're interested in talking to, you're more likely to get through to the person if you send a message, rather than simply "liking" the profile. Only users who have upgraded to "A list" status can see who has liked them.
Match.com has been around way longer than any other dating app or website, so the pool of people is pretty large. But it'll cost you. You can browse around for free, but to see who has viewed and liked your profile, a premium membership is required. The cheapest membership plan is currently $21 a month for six months.
Simply sign up (you don't need Facebook) and fill out your profile, answer some questions and add pictures. From there, see who you match with.
Coffee Meets Bagel
Once you've connected through Facebook, set up your profile and your preferences, and Coffee Meets Bagel will send you one "bagel" per day. A "bagel" being an adorable way of referring to the profile of a potential match. You'll have 24 hours to "like" or "pass" on the bagel. If you both like each other, you'll have the ability to send each other messages in a private chat room.
But here's the kicker: The chat room expires after eight days whether you haven't yet communicated or are in the middle of a life-changing conversation. The point is to encourage you to set up a date in real life. And to eat bagels.
Bumble is pretty similar to Tinder, but the major difference is the messaging tactics. If two people of the opposite gender match, the woman must send a message first. If the two people are the same gender, either person can initiate a conversation. But your messages will expire after 24 hours.
So if you're a woman who isn't a fan of receiving messages from slimy dudes (it happens a lot on other apps, unfortunately), Bumble might be right up your alley. And a bonus — the app isn't just for romance, it's a great place to meet platonic friends.