As John Paul Young once sang, love is in the air! Yes, it’s February, which means the annual hallmark celebration of love is here once more. Whether you’re looking for romance or longing for new friendships, navigating the world of online dating can feel like a challenge at the best of times. With Valentine’s Day and Palentine’s Day nearing ever closer, we delved into some of the most popular dating apps around. So let us help you find and connect with a special someone this month.
Hinge works by using a ‘sophisticated algorithm’ to find potential love matches for you using (if you register using your account) your Facebook friends. What makes Hinge stand out from other dating apps is that it invites you to include more information on your profile. How? By choosing three questions to answer. That might sound daunting to fill out, but it means that you get a sense of personality when you view potential matches profiles. Better than just photos, eh? You can even send a ‘like’ in response to these different elements of a person’s profile – an easy conversation starter. Once you get started, this is an easy benefit to your Valentine’s search!
What’s more, this app even has an in-built ‘Date From Home’ feature so you can initiate virtual dates via a phone call or video chat.
Bumble invites you to set up a profile using photos and swipe through potential matches – much like Tinder. However, unlike Tinder, with Bumble women are required to make the first move. Once a match is achieved, the woman has 24 hours in which to send a message and start a conversation. For same-sex matches, the time limit still applies but either of the pair can make first contact. If they don’t, that match is lost.
Unlike other apps, which focus on inspiring romantic connections, Bumble also boasts a BFF feature for people not looking for dates and just wanting to make friends. This is perfect if you’re looking for new reasons to celebrate Palentine’s Day. There’s even a separate section for making business contacts. So, if you’re not looking for romance this February, there are still plenty of opportunities for finding new connections.
XO is a dating app with a twist. Set up a profile, like profiles, and play icebreaker games or personality quizzes to get to know each other. You can invite friends to Double Date or Group Date. You can try a Blind Date, playing a game and corresponding with a person before you see their profile. There’s even an option for Random, which puts you in touch with someone from anywhere in the world.
Admittedly, XO might not be the most reliable app for forming long-term meaningful romances. That said, it is a great way to spark conversation and get to know new people. It makes it an easy and entertaining way to find new friendships this February. If nothing else, Valentine’s game night sounds pretty awesome.
Whether you’re looking for something that’s serious or something that’s not, Tinder is one of the most widely used dating apps around. Set up a profile, answer a few quick questions about the type of person you’re hoping to find, and get swiping. While there is room for an introduction on your profile, Tinder’s interface is image focused – this means you can make decisions quickly but also that there isn’t much on which to base these decisions.
With Tinder you can make in-app video calls to matches without exchanging personal details, making virtual dates safe and easy. The app also includes a Safety Centre feature (tied in with safety app Noonlight) which provides a panic button in case you find yourself on a date and feeling unsafe.
This month is the perfect opportunity to celebrate our sense of connection and togetherness – so why not take a chance and do exactly that?
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