If you have been thinking about taking the plunge into app dating this year…maybe some of this info will be helpful for you Here’s to hoping…hang in there loves. I get more messages here than on any other site, and while you have to sift through the weird ones and the people who send a few messages back and forth then “ghost,” you can also probably go on a few dates out of it.And it doesn’t have to be all casual – my roommate met her soon-to-be husband on Tinder…so maybe you’ll be one of the lucky ones and swipe your way through the nightmares.But when fall came along…oh man the never-ending heat made Lauren a teensy bit stir-crazy and interested in restarting the dating game.I re-joined Tinder, Hinge, a new app called Coffee Meets Bagel, and Ok Cupid.Right appeared in 1995 and advocated doing pretty much what your mother told you: play hard to get; keep a bit in reserve; remain mysterious.All of these options are self destructive and can only lead to heartbreak.
Because in 2016 I went big and re-joined/joined them ALL. If you are looking for casual, no strings attached dates or get-togethers (no judgement here) – this is probably the quickest way to make that happen.I guess that means people think it’s for more serious daters. I also now have some bitter-theories about the kind of guy who goes on an app that makes ladies do most of the work – but I won’t go there. Have fun beautiful people…this app probably works wonders for you.This is pretty true in my experience, it seems that most people I’ve matched with and chatted with are genuinely interested in finding something a little less casual and more on the “headed toward a relationship” spectrum. And I will say, that CMB is really great at sending reminders to chat with people (your matches expire after a week – which is helpful! They try really hard to foster good matches, and sometimes they even throw in a bonus “bagel” which is a fun surprise. Literally the only person who ended up responding to me was a family friend who I call my cousin. This is my least favorite of all the apps I’ve tried.Now, mind you, I was a very single girl with very little dating experience.I mainly ended up dating guys I had been friends with for a long time…and actually let’s use a different word because it wasn’t really dating.I was in a pretty bad spot towards the end of the year, so I signed off the apps until the New Year and gave myself a break.I’ll spare you the rundown of all the horrible and hilarious dates I’ve been on, because that’s not the point of this post.resize=768:*" / A first-date restaurant should never feature an all-you-can-eat salad bar." title="salad bar" src="data:image/gif;base64, R0l GODlh AQABAIAAAAAAAP///y H5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" data-src="https://hips.hearstapps.com/esq.h-cdn.co/assets/15/38/1442611226-gettyimages-87989618.jpg?I have never been a "Rules girl" (that's right, they're a tribe – Blake Lively and Beyoncé are both rumoured to have tried them, on Leonardo Di Caprio and Jay Z respectively).I thought if I played matchmaker, I could rack up some good karma. I barely talked to anyone, and deleted this app eventually.What I will say about Hinge is that people tend to be a bit classier and less sexually abrasive on the app.