How to choose the best dating app for you

How to choose the best dating app for you

There are so many dating apps to choose from, how do you know which one to use? Here’s a quick and dirty guide to the most popular ones.

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Here’s a short list of the most popular dating apps you can download. While some are just apps, a few also have desktop sites you can log into on your computer — and there’s no shame in using more than one service at a time. If you ever get overwhelmed, or eventually find The One, most let you deactivate or delete your profile.

Oldies, but goodies: OkCupid, Match and Zoosk

These dating apps are the equivalent to a pair of khakis from The Gap; there’s absolutely nothing wrong with them, they’re just overwhelmingly bland compared to what else is out there.

OkCupid, Match and Zoosk are standard fare for traditional dating websites. You can write lengthy paragraphs about your interests, hopes, dreams, fantasy football team or whatever and upload multiple photos. Each has millions of members and full-fledged apps you can download on iOS and Android.

What all the kids are using these days: Tinder

Tinder’s the biggest thing to shake up online dating since “You Got Mail.” It damn near invented the idea of right-swiping for “yes” and has evolved from its original “hookups-only” origin to a more standard dating app.

Tinder puts your pics front and center, and gives you a small space for writing an elevator pitch about yourself. If you’re uncomfortable being primarily judged by your photos, you’re better off with a more traditional site like the ones listed above, where you can impress your future suitor with more details in a meatier written profile. Read More