It’s February, and that means love is in the air. While for many Valentine’s Day can be something they get inadvertently caught up in, for others it can be a very lonely, albeit brief moment in time. If you’re single like a Pringle, constant reminders of how happy everyone else in the entire world is, can make you feel a bit blah.
With the aisles in all major retailers festooned with hearts, pudgy Cupids and sexy lingerie, picking up your meal for one seems somewhat depressing. Bright side, Prosecco is usually discounted at this time of year, so yay!
Hopefully, if you are single, you take it all with a healthy pinch of salt; however, if you are on the look out for love, we thought this would be a perfect opportunity to review some of the dating apps currently out on the market.
Even if people aren’t sure precisely what Tinder is all about, they are likely to have heard of it. It works on a gloriously simple basis – you are shown a photo of another member, and are given three options. Swipe right if you like the look of them, go left if you’re not interested, and if you’re feeling super keen, you swoosh up.
If you, and the member (who also sees your photo) both swipe right to indicate mutual interest, you will be invited to send a message. That’s where the fun begins; however, for the most part Tinder is an alternative to flicking through copious amounts of TV channels whilst muttering “no, no, no” under your breath.
Arguably one of the best features of Tinder (apart from the large photos) is the ability to stop unsolicited messages. People can only message you if you have indicated an interest in them too. As there are a lot of people actively using Tinder there is also a good chance you will be able to meet up with whoever it is you’re after.
Unlike many apps you do not need to have a Facebook account to sign up, instead you will be able to fill in a lengthy profile which will help produce compatibility scores with other members. You can browse on the basis of top matches, or you can opt for a quickmatch view which will merely show you photos, much like Tinder. However, not everyone has access to see who has viewed their profiles and therefore is of limited use.
The best way to get a response on OKCupid is to actually send a message to the object of your desire, but this is equally the downside to the entire app. Anyone can message you, and we mean anyone. More disturbing however is the fact they can message you anything! Some things just don’t need to be seen, and can’t be unseen.
Match is undoubtedly the granddaddy of online dating, and held its share of the market long before there were apps for that. The app itself is based on the premise of winking at fellow users, and you can build up conversations from there.
It’s not quite as seamless a process as Tinder, and does take a while to get used to the interface; however, the biggest problem is that to really get the most out of the app, you’ve got to pay.