Whether you love or loathe Tinder, there is no denying it has changed online dating forever.As a result there is now no end of apps with the same aim of helping you fall in love (or at the very least get lucky).Pros: You can weed out people with traits or points of view you find simply unacceptable. Cons: Too many basic functions are restricted to paid membership. Pros: Unlike most of the other apps, doing the basics on POF – looking at profiles, sending and reading messages – is absolutely free.Verdict: Worth a shot, if only to kill time answering bizarre questions about yourself. Cons: A high number of sexually frustrated virgin-trolls means a lot of women find using it a harrowing experience, which understandably makes them cagey when you come along.Cons: If the date goes horribly, there are no assurances you won't bump into her when you're buying milk a few days later.Also, spend too much time on it and you start getting paranoid you're seeing 'someone you liked on Happn' every time you sit in your local cafe. If you actively pursue a date on Hinge, discretion mustn't be an issue – your friends are bound to find out.This hook up app for friends (and friends of friends) is the equivalent of passing 'I Like You' notes in class.The USP: Hook up with the people you walk past on the street.
Chances are you live or work in the same area, so arranging a date becomes a lot simpler.
If you lack inhibition, Hinge could throw the door wide open. If dating apps have an 'atmosphere', then How About We is a pleasant summer garden party where people enjoy polite conversation and no one makes an inappropriate lunge on anyone else until at least 1 am.
The USP: Endless personality quiz questions that give you a match percentage with would-be partners. The USP: It's a huge ocean, with more members than any of the others (around 70 million).
The USP: Like Tinder, except once you match, only the ladies can make the first move and say hello.
Pros: It means women have an extra barrier against the 'hey hun wanna fuk?? It also means if she's got in touch with you, you definitely weren't an 'accidental swipe', meaning you'll be leaving less of those unanswered hellos that slowly chip away at your soul. Though one minor gripe is that Bumble's algorithm clearly pulls ten of the highest rated profiles to the top of your feed every time you log in.
Verdict: The more you think about it, the less sense Down makes.