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Tinder may not want to advertise as such, but we all know what it's mostly used for. You're quite literally deciding if you want to interact with someone based on nothing but profile pictures and a quote from The Office, so yeah, you can see how getting laid would be the main goal of most users — but hey, we all know those couples who met on Tinder and have been together for years. It's fast, easy, and if there's one app that even the shyest, most skeptical people will be on, it's Tinder. Hell, even celebrities can now have verified profiles on there (meaning yes, you could match with one of the Hollywood Chrises if you're really lucky). You may get carpal tunnel from swiping so much, but I guess that also means that it's nearly impossible to not find someone who's DTF.
The Dating Pool: The app was founded by three Korean-American sisters, so the majority of its users were Asian when I was last on it, which can work for or against you pending your preference. The actual quality of matches were all average, normal, nice guys but a bit on the dull side. Though, I can't rate it too harshly, because my third match was my final—for good reason.
The website is meant for men who are serious about finding an international woman to fall in love with, marry, and bring back to his home country. Members can search for a potential foreign match by using filters that narrow down women by their age, location/home country, hair color, eye color, ethnicity, and even their education level. Male users can send chat requests or emails to women on the website, who can choose to respond either through the website’s chat function or through an email service.
If you're willing to pay for it, The League is a dating app that does all the work for you. You’ll need active Facebook and LinkedIn accounts to log in, and you'll be assessed based on the information you've provided on these profiles, like your education and professional career. On top of that, you have to fill out an application and then are placed on a waiting list for an undetermined period of time that varies by the city you live in. Once you’re a member, you’ll have access to a personal concierge who does a lot of the work for you and helps curate your profile.
Match.com is free to join, create a profile, upload photos, and browse singles, and with its app, you can do all of that — and more — while on the go. Besides not costing you a penny, the Match app, which is available for iOS and Android devices, will also put you in front of millions of eligible men and women. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a fun date or serious relationship because Match has one of the highest success rates of any dating site, so you’re sure to meet the right person for you.
Sharon Kroll and fiancé Lee Wallender are the Seattle-based writers and dating experts behind The Dating Gurus. Kroll said it’s easy to get lost in the sea of possibilities when online dating so it’s important to limit the number of sites you’re on to three and make sure you’re not spending all day checking them. It’s also important to make the first message you send count.

What's this app's deal? Hinge's thing is calling themselves the dating app for people who don't want to be on dating apps, and honestly I RELATE. They say their app is "designed to be deleted" and that's a campaign I can fucking get behind. On Hinge the profiles are a bit more built out — you have the 5-6 pictures, but then you also have to answer three questions and it gives you the ability to share more about yourself and learn more about others. You can react to people's answers on the questions OR photos, and anyone can message anyone. You can't send pictures, which is honestly probably for the best.


Paid: Memberships cost $12.49 per month on a six-month membership, $19.98 per month on a three-month membership or $29.95 a month paid monthly. Memberships auto-renew unless you cancel your membership before it expires. With a paid membership, you can send and receive messages and winks, chat with connections, see profiles of those who have viewed yours, and get full access to Smartpick, Zoosk's matching services.
The Date: I’ve had quite a few bad dates, but one of the worst began on a high note. Any time a guy calls, I’m thrilled. I’m old-school, and I love it when they aren’t afraid to be old-school too. So this date starts by him calling and saying he’s going to pick me up and take me out (YAS, finally a man with a plan). From there, it’s downhill. I give him detailed directions on how to find me, he gets lost, and I had to walk to him in heels. Being an optimist, I let it slide and got in his car. He says hi and then kisses my hand—cute, right? Until I find my hand suddenly being rubbed against his face—why, I do not know. He then asks me where we’re going. So much for a plan. After pulling my hand away a few times and a few back-and-forth rebuttals, we finally decide on an overrated café in Santa Monica. He insists on hanging out longer after eating, but I make him walk back to the car. We sit in the car for 20 to 30 minutes while I try to convince him to take me home. He continues with the hand-rubbing thing, and after I finally give off enough signals, he literally stops talking to me—like complete silence—and drops me off.
The Nuts and Bolts: It’s easy to use, bright, colorful, and doesn’t feel as “shameful” as Tinder. I love that the only one who can start conversations is the girl. It makes it easier to avoid the weirdos, and it makes me step up my game. Also, you can swipe back free of charge, and there’s even a feature in the app that allows you to match with friends. But it only gives you 24 hours to reach out to the guy and for him to reply, so it’s almost too much pressure. It can be annoying since I don’t want to check my phone every two hours to see if I messaged or matched with a guy.
DateMySchool is a site for those who want to connect with people from their college; whether students or alumni. The site is mostly for verified college students and alumni. If you can fit the bill, however, the site gives you awesome features. The best thing about this site is that it shows you what other users are looking for and the strategies they are applying to get it. The site has only 200,000 users which makes it possible for a user to find a mate they spent four years in college with or someone in the same college they were in.
Tinder was the first ‘swiping’ app to launch back in 2012. Today, the idea of swiping ‘left for no’ and ‘right for yes’ has become something of a cultural phenomenon (which could be why Tinder is the go-to app for many love-seekers). The app focuses on your location using GPS and you browse photos and bios of potential matches in your area. It uses your Facebook info to create your profile – but don’t worry, none of your Tinder exploits will ever be posted to Facebook.
Beyond inclusivity, the app asks you all the straight-up (and critical) questions you'd normally wait until the third date to bring up. So you know where every potential match stands on important issues as soon as you swipe. Some of the least skipped questions when building profiles include: "Are you the type of person to tell a homeless person to get a job?" and "Are carbohydrates something you think about?" So if you’ve got no time for B.S. in 2019, OkCupid’s for you.
For many modern daters, the name “Tinder" should be accompanied by the Darth Vader theme song. The truth is, no app embodies the “necessary evil” aspect of swiping the way Tinder does. And it’s not even Tinder’s fault: As a pioneer of the current dating app format, Tinder’s utter ubiquity means everyone has an opinion about it. And because, as we've established, the dating rigamarole kind of sucks in general, that means a lot of people have negative opinions about it. But you have to hand it to Tinder, they really did change the game (for better or worse).
Clover is an up-and-coming dating app. It's a more traditional dating app. You'll search for people like you and hopefully it works out. It offers the ability to set up dates, join mixers, find events, and a lot more. Unlike most, this one boasts a free chat. You can also set your profile to just look for friends instead of dating. That makes it somewhat decent for platonic relationships as well. It's not overly popular so you may not find many results in your area. However, the reviews are more positive than most. This one has a bit of a problem with spam bots, though. We recommend some patience if you use this one.
Angle: OkCupid claims to use a math-based matching system to help users find partners. After completing a basic profile, users can elect to fill out hundreds of optional broad-reaching questions – like if they'd date a messy person, whether they like dogs, or even how often they brush their teeth. The more questions you answer on your profile, the better the matching system becomes, the company says.
Coffee Meets Bagel does require logging in through your Facebook in order to create a profile. Once you’ve set up your profile and input your preferences, it will send you a few “bagels” a day — the profile of a potential match. You then have 24 hours to decide whether you want to “like” or “pass” on your bagel. If you like your bagel and they have also liked you, you’ll connect, meaning that you’ll be able to message one another in a private chat. That chat room expires after eight days, regardless of whether you’ve talked with your bagel or not. You can also earn “beans” that allow for extra app functions, either by purchasing them outright, recommending the app to your friends, or logging in on consecutive days.
Editor's Note: Match.com and eHarmony remain the sites to beat for those looking for a serious relationship online, while OKCupid is still the best free option. For app users, we've added Bumble as an alternative to Coffee Meets Bagel and Tinder, both of which we still recommend. Bumble urges women to make the first move, a refreshing change, but keeps things easy to use.

We spent five days trying out 10 different online dating services to figure out which one is the most effective and affordable. That meant monitoring three fake profiles for 24 hours, collecting match data and using the features of every website and app. We looked at which websites give free access to other users’ profile photos and messaging, and whether you have to pay to access extra features. For on-the-go dating, we also used apps and evaluated them based on how user-friendly they are.     


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If dating apps are supposed to take the headache out of trying to meet someone, it's not a good sign that so many daters consider them a necessary evil at best and just plain evil at worst. Iliza Shlesinger, in her new Netflix special, Elder Millennial, has a bit about online dating. “I don’t like to tell people how we met,” she says of her fiancé. "It’s not bad, it’s not embarrassing, it’s just not cool: We met on a dating app, like all of you. We met on a dating app and it’s less a product of my creativity and more a product of my generation. I’m a millennial and that’s how we meet each other.” (The special is funny and you should watch it.)

All you need to set up an account on Lucky is one single photo. Also, as the site coyly points out, it doesn't have to be of your face. A hookup app that boasts complete anonymity, there's no connecting your social accounts or even entering an email address involved. Meaning, you can find what you're looking for faster, without having to jump through hoops or enter any personal information — other than your location, that is. If you match, you've got three hours to respond and get busy, which encourages a sense of urgency for users who are looking to get lucky tonight. Ladies can use the platform for free, but male users will need to pay $19.99 per month after the free month trial is up.
How it helps introverts: eharmony has a feature called RelyID that helps verify the information provided by other members, like their name, city, and age. You know what that means? No catfishing. Also, your profile is only visible to the people who are a good match for you, so the experience can help to narrow your potentials down to only those who are actually a good fit. 
If someone catches your eye, Happn can show you where your last encounter was or help you match with them to make sure you don't lose them forever. Perfect for rom com enthusiasts or for anyone who likes to ogle hotties on public transportation and who's secretly hoping they might be doing the same. (No, really — one of my friends literally watched a guy next to her on the train "like" her on Happn. It's a thing.) If anything, it's a chance to decrease your number of missed opportunities in public when you get too shy to speak up.

When we think of marriage-minded online dating, we think of eHarmony. The site was built in 2000 strictly for singles looking for serious relationships, so you won’t have to weed through profiles of incompatible people. In fact, you won’t have to do any weeding at all. After you take eHarmony’s exclusive and in-depth questionnaire, the site will do all of the matching for you. All you have to do is say yes or no!
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