But this isn’t one of those stories where I tell you I downloaded one little app, swiped twice, and, to quote Tom Hank’s character Joe Fox, found “the one single person in the world who fills your heart with joy.” Whether it’s been because of a friend’s suggestion, trying to up my odds, or pure frustration with not getting messages back, I’ve downloaded and used a plenty of apps! So when the InStyle team was looking for volunteers to write a real-life, first-person review of dating apps, well… I guess we had a match. Read on for my findings:
Dating sites appeal to a broad range of people with a number of different objectives. Some will be seeking new friends, many will be looking to date and see what happens and a lot wil be seeking a longer term relationship. Unlike matchmaker services which are usually based on a personality survey that is used to identify highly compatible matches for primarily long term relationships, or casual dating sites which are usually for individuals seeking adult fun and encounters, dating sites are a little more relaxed.
Tastebuds.fm is a smaller site compared to POF. Nevertheless, it is a great site for lovers of music, concerts and organists. The site has a user base of 200,000 users. It is your go to site when you want to meet people with whom you share the love of music. The site features a music suggestions feature that offers you a great chance to meet concert buddies.
You’re welcome on this website whether you are seeking to date, hook up, find a long term relationship, or just to chat online. You do not have to worry about your identity being revealed until that’s what you want. Also, you do not need to have your credit or debit card information handy, for the service is free of charge. And for the price of nothing you get a video chatroom, as well as to customize your profile with a video of yourself, and customize it even further with color and music. Having a song that those interested in you will associate with you can boost your chances of becoming someone’s favorite.
When I first moved to the city, this app only connected you with friends of friends on Facebook. I don’t have a ton of friends on FB and went to a rather small college, so this truly limited my matches. When I re-downloaded it about two years later, however, I found a completely different app. While it still uses Facebook, it doesn’t limit your matches. Now marketed as "The Relationship App," you’re given a specific about of my likes per day. But it’s not just liking photos. You have to fill out a full profile, answering questions that can help stir up conversation like "What did you want to be when you grow up?" or "What are you currently reading?" You can like and comment on someone’s answer, and the same goes for pics. If you connect, you can keep on chatting. I don’t have anything bad to say about this app and have been suggesting it to all my friends, too.
While many dating sites follow a subscription-based model that requires you to pay to communicate with other members, some allow you to do so for free. Free sites typically make money via ads or paid upgrades that let members unlock additional features. While free sites have undeniable appeal, consider the flip side: Since it's easy to join, they may attract many users who only want a fling, or worse, scammers who have eyes only for your wallet.
The app is free and works based on your location, so you can use it to find dates while you're traveling. You need a Facebook profile to link to your dating profile, and the apps asks you to outline your intentions and hobbies in its dashboard. That’s also where you select an activity and a time frame and see if any other users are interested in meeting up with you for the date.
POF is definitely among the best dating apps on the list. It allows you to join for free, message people for free, and engage with the app for free. However, the idea that it bills itself as a free dating app is hogwash because you definitely have to pay money for more advanced features. Anyway, this one seems to work pretty well. The interface is clean and everything is simple to use. There are some issues here and there, but nothing too drastic. It works pretty well, at least for a dating app.