OKCUPID | Compatibility ratings great; anyone can message You will be asked a series of questions—your response and the response you’d want your ideal partner to pick. PROS: Even if you don’t end up dating, it might actually be possible to find friends here that are intellectually and background compatible with you. It was exhausting trying to filter through 100 messages. SKOUT | It’s overwhelming and there’s too much to sort through PROS: None.
Questions include the slightly random and odd, “Do you believe in dinosaurs? If you are really bored or lonely and looking to chat with anyone and it doesn’t matter where they live, you will like this app. I don’t have enough Facebook friends to use Hinge, which bases matches on mutual friends and uses timing to push dates: giving you 24 hours to send the first message and 14 days to chat before expiring.
I received 98 messages in 24 hours—at least half weren’t from the Seattle area. Another app that uses location-based technology, Happn, bases matches on how many times you cross paths with someone (which is both cool and creepy).
CONS: You can change your name (people end up picking AIM-like usernames). *Update 8/1/17: The League launched in Seattle and proves to be a promising dating app with less prospects per day (like Coffee Meets Bagel) and “higher quality matches”.
I feel like I’ve wasted hours of my life swiping and my thumb hurts.
COFFEE MEETS BAGEL | Slow-paced for the busy; higher quality matches You get ONE match per day at noon based on your Facebook circle, preferences, and location.
PROS: You will get the most action here in the immediate and quantitative sense. I got the opportunity to meet people I wouldn’t otherwise have had the chance to meet, which really, is the biggest draw for online dating.
CONS: I didn’t always get responses (which can be a change for girls) and there are less users than Tinder.
If your style is to click rather than swipe (options available in Tinder), it may take some getting used to.
It’s possible to unlock more matches if you acquire “beans” by inviting friends to use the app or paying money. PROS: If you’re looking for a professional and educated guy, 96% of users have a Bachelor’s degree and over 33% have a Master’s degree.
The men here are looking for dates and/or relationships rather than hookups.