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Here's Where to Find Your New Favorite Dating App

Jun 16 2015 - 10:00am

It seems like every day there's a new form of online dating. No matter what type of relationship you're looking for — from the forever kind to the friends-with-benefits kind — there's an app for that! I've been hearing my girlfriends discuss their wins and losses with a variety of online-dating phone apps, so I'm breaking down the newest means of tech-based courtship.

— Additional reporting by Sierra Horton


You may know the HowAboutWe dating app [1] as the one that lets you find and put out date ideas in your area. But the recently released version comes with two new features that make the process even easier. Speed Date allows you to browse photos and dates that you can skip over, or double tap if you're interested. And Date Map helps you search and find all those local date ideas on an interactive map.


Coining itself as the "Uber for Dates," Pure [2] is all about immediacy, stating that it aims "to be all about exploring different dynamics with different people — sexual, emotional, psychological, and spiritual." The app is free initially, then you have to pay for continued use. This is basically how it works: you post a meeting request that lasts for one hour and, if somebody takes you up on your offer, you are able to then accept or decline, depending on whether you like what you see or not.

At First Sight

The Bachelor host Chris Harrison introduced dating app At First Sight [3], a joint venture between him and the franchise's creator, Mike Fleiss. What sets this smartphone app (available on Android) apart from all the other online dating apps out there is that it uses video profiles. With the popularity of the Vine app, it's no surprise that this is the next evolution of online dating.


Tinder [4] is an iPhone app for finding someone purely based on looks. It's essentially an online dating version of "do, dump, or marry," pulling Facebook profile photos and allowing you to quickly click through them selecting either "like" or "nope." Only pairs who "liked" each other have the option to message and set up a date. With its addictive game format, I'd be hard-pressed to believe that Tinder has a high success rate for actual dates. On the other hand, the app capitalizes on the reality that physical attraction is often key to at least meeting that someone special.

Grouper Social Club

Grouper [5] is a website and iPhone app that sets you and your friends up on a group date by connecting to your Facebook profile. It matches up three guys and three girls (or same-sex couplings) based on your age, education, job, interests, and "general lifestyle." Basically, you pick your wingwomen, and the site selects the date, location, and guys (it also provides a round of free drinks). I could see how the group dates would involve less pressure and more fun, but I'd guess it probably leads to more friendships than serious relationships.


Lulu [6] is an Android and iPhone app for women to review men. You can go on the app — that calls itself a "database of men" — to see whether that guy you're into is the real deal or a sleazeball. Even though you're encouraged to log in via Facebook, the reviews are anonymous. You can rate the guys numerically in a variety of categories like humor, appearance, and manners, as well as choose from serious and silly hashtags provided, like #AlwaysPays, #RespectsWomen, #Boring, and #WearsEdHardy. Have you used Lulu?

OkCupid App

Free online dating website OkCupid [7] has a revamped app for iPhone and Android that it touts as the "best and highest rated dating app on earth." In addition to being able to access matches, visitors, and messages like on the site, the app finds your local matches and provides a way for you to broadcast your date ideas (like HowAboutWe [8]'s concept). The newest feature of the OkCupid app is a questionnaire feature — answer a few questions and you'll be matched with the people most compatible to you!


Checkhimout [9] is a website and an app that claims to put the power 100 percent in women's hands so that they choose who they want instead of being inundated with messages from undesirables. Female users make the first move, putting men in their "shopping bag."

Coffee Meets Bagel

Coffee Meets Bagel [10] uses Facebook to match you with a friend of a friend. It uses a game-like interface to make the experience fun, and it sounds a lot safer to date at least a friend of a friend than a total stranger, right? The site boasts that it's "designed for singles who want to find something real with little or no effort."


Grindr [11] is an all-male dating app that connects men based off of their location. Guys can see who is in their area and strike up conversations, then meet up for dates. What's nice about this app is that you don't have to connect it to any other social media account — you don't even have to upload a picture if you don't want to (although it is encouraged).


From the minds of previous Tinder executives comes Bumble [12], a newly released iOS app that lets women run the show. Like Tinder, Bumble lets users swipe right to approve and left to decline. If two users mutually swipe each other right, they are allowed to chat, but here's the kicker: only women can initiate the conversation, and they only have 24 hours to do so before the connection disappears.


Hinge [13] is all about authenticity — meeting "real people, through your real friends, in real life" in the same way that you would at a social gathering. You're only set up with mutual friends (through Facebook) and, in comparison to more "at a glance" apps like Tinder, Hinge provides users with way more information about their compatible matches. The app is available for iOS and Android.


Tastebuds [14] puts a spin on your run-of-the-mill online dating app by making the experience about music. You're matched up with people in your location based on a shared interest in the same kind of music! The app allows you to add your favorite bands or scan your iPhone music library to begin and go from there. According to the site, a lot of people use it to make new friends and concert buddies as well as to find dates.

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