Credit To: Lindsay Tigar
If you’ve been single for the last five years — give or take — you know the dating game has changed dramatically as dating apps have grown in popularity.
While some of the standby, household-name favorites like Match.com and eHarmony are still kickin’, the ability to swipe, match and meet is more appealing for younger users.
Tinder, Hinge and Bumble are among the top three most used downloadable matchmakers for iOS and Android, but since they cater to mass market, companies who niche interests have started to sprout up. In fact, it sometimes seems like — as the saying goes — there’s an app for everything: dog lovers, beach runners, workout enthusiasts, globetrotters — you name it. Some of these marketing strategies have proved successful in helping two folks find one another, while others have received plenty of flak for their purpose.
Case-in-point: Toffee, which debuted a few months ago for iPhone users in the UK. To join this community, you must have attended a private school. Though this might not seem like quite a big deal, plenty of people are offended by the elitist attitude, claiming it puts down those who didn’t have access to this expensive level of education.
Others add that it creates a class system, promoting only those of the same background should partner together. However, Toffee argues much like any other app that caters to a specific, special community — like JSwipe for Jewish singles or Hater for the sarcastic crowd — their mission is similar.
And obviously, they’ve attracted plenty of hopefuls since their inception, with a recent press release estimating 10K users in the United Kingdom. In response to this flurry of swipers, they’ve introducing an Android version that’ll be available in Britain, and they’re expanding to Australia. Why this Oceania nation? Here, it’s estimated around 35% of locals attended a private school at some point in their lives, while only 8% did in England.
This is great news depending on what your resume says and where you’re located, but if you’re not part of this crew, don’t worry. Here, are some other high-quaity dating apps to consider downloading if you keep striking out in a lonely place:
If you travel frequently for work or you’re part of the new generation of digital nomads who combine work and play, you need a dating app that offers plenty of international members. If you don’t want to get quite as serious as Match.com but not as flippant as Tinder, Zoosk is a happy medium. You’ll fill out a questionnaire and a profile, and they’ll match you based on who you give a thumbs up or thumbs down to. And because their security measures are strong, you’ll never have to worry about someone pretending to be someone they are not.
Check out Zoosk
Tried and true—and for a reason. It’s arguable to say Match.com launched the concept of online dating, and there’s a reason they’ve stayed around for so long. As the trends continue to morph, so does Match, continuously shifting their strategy to appeal to new age groups and industry reactions. Though the signup process is still rather long comparative to other apps, it is worth the time investment since their algorithm is among the most effective. Keep in mind, folks here are mostly looking for serious relationships, so don’t lead anyone on if you’re not quite there yet.
Check out Match.com
FriendFinder-X is not a G-rated site, even if the name might make you question it. That ‘X’ is important, since this is a great starting point for those who are interesting in swinging. This open-minded community is welcoming and gentle, allowing you to dip your toe (or whatever you like) into the culture, sans intimidation. You can make your own pace, chat online, find times to meet up and explore your fantasies safely.
Check out FriendFinder-X
Also an international standard, EliteSingles prompts new users to take their one-of-a-kind personality test that’ll help them better understand what you’re looking for, what matters to you and other important qualities. Then, instead of fishing through an endless sea of eligibles, you’re given seven matches a day. This prevents you from wasting too much time, and makes it easier to fit in time for ‘dating’ if your schedule is overpacked. Just remember, you have to go on dates to meet someone!