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Let’s face it, online dating is a bit of a minefield, no matter whether you’re newly single, prefer to meet someone in a bar rather than them sliding into your DMs, on the search for a short-term romance or a long-term relationship.
There’s a lot of choice when it comes to navigating the dating app pool and, as we all know, finding romance is a bit more complicated than a simple swiping right (or left) of the thumb on Tinder. Now you have to construct witty profiles on Hinge or make the first move on the app Pickable. There’s one for country-lovers, one for creatives and there’s even exclusive apps for A-listers (which prove more difficult to get on that finding love itself). But not all apps are exclusive to romantic matches with platforms like Bumble having a business buddy and BFF networking feature to boot.
For the sceptical among you, statistically speaking, dating apps have been found to work. According to Bumble, over two thirds of respondents use apps to find a steady relationship, and it’s guaranteed that if you’re a millennial, half of your friends have most likely met their partners via apps.
Dating apps are a bit of a necessary evil, for those of you who struggle to find the time to meet someone IRL. Like most things in life, it’s not one-size-fits-all. Tinder might be a bit old school, but thankfully, there’s plenty more fish in the sea when it comes to dating apps (and love, we hope).
Here are the best dating apps you need to download:
Do you pride yourself on being incredibly witty or refuse to believe that sarcasm is the lowest form of wit? If so, you will love this app.
Hinge is the Instagram of dating apps. Seriously, it’s a millennial’s dream. Some people say it hides in Tinder’s shadow, but if you want a bit more accountability then this app is perfect as in their latest survey, Hinge found they are setting up a date every four seconds.
It’s not just based on pictures either – profiles are made up of questions and quotes. You can learn a lot about someone from their answers, whether it’s their favourite Friends line or their pet peeve. The catch is, there is a lot of pressure to come across effortlessly funny. But we believe in you.
Have you been trying to pluck up the courage to chat up the guy or girl you see every morning on your commute? Well, now there’s no need as this app will do the hard work for you.
Using your location, the app will match you with people who are also on the app in close proximity on a daily basis, whether it’s that person you just so happen to squat next to daily in the gym, or brush hands reaching for the same acai bowl at Pret A Manger.
It also calculates how many times you and your love interest cross paths, so you know it’s 100 per cent (ish) destiny if you end up together.
Amy Schumer met her husband on it and sources reveal Matthew Perry even has a profile. This app is the Tinder for the super rich and famous.
Raya is a membership-based app for those who know, and if you don’t, you can’t ask. You can’t even screen shot a picture inside the app without getting told off by its creators.
Basically, Raya laughs in the face of exclusivity and only eight per cent of applicants are accepted. Sounds like an irresistible challenge right? We’re imagining a lot of unrequited swipes here, but they do say love is a battlefield.
Always dreamed of marrying Channing Tatum following his Step Up days? Or perhaps you fancy a bearded Ryan Gosling or Stomzy meeting you at the alter?
While we can’t promise the above, Badoo does find you a match based on which celebrity you have a crush on. Yes, really. Using facial recognition technology, the app scans the single market for lookalikes.
With 465m users worldwide, we’re sure they can pair you with an A-list lookalike somewhere.
We did say there was something for everyone and we have a feeling that this one might have been designed for those who live in the countryside or, more specifically, on a farm. After all, it can be tricky to bump tractors with your future partner, right?
Looking for your fellow country partner? Grab your wellies and get swiping as this app with match you with fellow outdoorsy types.
If music be the food of love, then this app is onto a winner.
Tastebuds is another dating app based on common ground. You can find your musical soulmate, whether you on the look out for a love interest or you’re are just in need of a gig-going buddy.
It matches two people based on their favourite music. If you’re Britney-til-you-die or a hardcore drum and bass badass, at least there won’t be any arguments around your first dance song.
This one is so 2020.
First of all, the name is an acronym for ‘Hey I Like You’. It’s also powered by artificial intelligence.
HILY uses algorithms to help increase the probability of matching with one of the 12 million happy users. There are also icebreaker suggestions pop ups, so there’s no need to suffer over your opening line.
The app works the more you use it, too. If you upload stories, post comments and likes, then the information can be used to find you a better match. It’s true, you do have to put a lot of work in, but it’s work it if it turns into a ‘Hey I Love You’, wouldn’t you agree?
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