I’ve heard the success stories, but I’ve also heard the horror stories – as, I’m sure, have you.Thankfully, though, Tinder is super easy to get the hang of.Price: Free (optional in-app upgrades available for purchase) Bumble is pretty similar to Tinder in that they both function on the premise of “swiping.”The thing that differentiates Bumble from Tinder is that, once mutual swiping occurs, the woman has to be the one to initiate a conversation. The low(s): First of all, it’s definitely disappointing when you have what you think is a great opening line, and then the guy never even responds.
boasts that “everyone knows someone who’s found love on Match.com! It’s a very detailed profile system, and I have the highest respect for their dedication to authenticity and comfort.
There are no free options for membership, however, so this one is only for those monetarily dedicated to a relationship.
If your self-esteem can’t take the potential (and likely) hit of not getting responses after putting yourself out there, this app’s not for you.
Price: $19.99/mo on i Tunes for app access; full online access price differs by plan is one of the OG dating sites, and you’ve probably seen their very active marketing strategies.
I wanted to definitively compare and test the worth, consistency, and value of each individual app. (For example, while Tinder has more of a “hook-up” stereotype than Hinge does, I didn’t want to present myself as more open to hook-ups on one versus the other.) It’s difficult to decide how to present yourself in this capacity – how much is appropriate to share, but how much is not enough?
I tested their standards of profiles (yikes – see more below), their processes, and their successes and failures. Once these decisions were made and my profiles were created, it became official: There was no turning back.
So I (fearfully) opted to download and create profiles on not one but five of the most popular dating apps, and I committed to spending a full month as a member of each. I, along with the rest of my editorial team, chose the five most popular apps to try (most popular based on relevancy, not actual numbers). This part was harder than expected – for the sake of the experiment, I wanted to keep each profile consistent to the next.
I did this for myself, of course, but I also did it for my friends, my peers and for acquaintances. While each individual app is unique, I wanted to present myself as uniformly as possible.
I did all this for one main reason: to make this process easier for all those of Here, you’ll find a breakdown of my experiences; the good, the bad and the creepy. Price: Free (optional in-app upgrades available for purchase) I had seriously high hopes for Tinder.