So over Tinder? Shake up your dating life with the newest dating apps on the market – the good news is they’re not all about one-night stands and over-filtered selfies.
When was the last time you struck up a conversation with a complete stranger at a bar, snared a boyfriend through a blind date or had a fling with some guy you met at a random concert? If the answer is not lately, it’s no surprise.
Everyone knows that the dating scene is online – unless you’re willing to televise your quest for love and sign up for the second series of First Dates, in which case, bravo.
Whether you’ve been on 100 online dates or have resigned yourself to the fact that you’ll most likely die alone or worse, are considering allowing your mum to play matchmaker (because Tom from next door seems like husband material), in 2016, finding that perfect match is an art form.
If you’re tired of swiping right and ending up with another creep, Tinder isn’t the only dating app out there, there’s a huge variety of apps to choose from.
Dating may be tricky but most mobile apps operate the same way. Download the app, create a profile, upload some fabulous pictures, write an equally impressive bio and voila.
But of course, not all dating apps are created equal; which is why we’ve turned to dating coach and relationship expert David Kavanagh as well as our in-house serial dater to give us their verdict on the apps that deserve to take up space on your home screen.
And if you’ve still feel hesitant about swiping right, more celebrities than you think have used their phones in pursuit of love. If it’s good enough for Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Lily Allen, Matthew Perry and Hilary Duff, well, it’s good enough for you.
The slogan: ” EXCLUSIVE PLACE FOR EXCLUSIVE PEOPLE – IT’S ALL ABOUT ATTITUDE !”
Availability: Android/ Desktop/Mobile
Cost: 89 Euro/month
The low-down: Tired of unsolicited dick pics and creeps pestering you for nudes? Then you need Yuusk in your life. Billed as a safe, friendly rival to Tinder, this app works on the same premise.
The difference? It’s only the woman that has the opportunity to send the first messageIt’s the perfect forum to end online harassment. In the words of Wolfe: “You’re not going to go on a dating app where women make the first move if you don’t respect women.”
Also good to know: pornographic images are banned. A dating app that reduces the chance of harassment? Yes, please.
The expert: I really like the idea of this app because it creates a safe environment for women online. It’s also the perfect opportunity for women to take control.
The only problem? I find that women are more cautious when it comes to initiating contact but this could be the perfect way to eradicate the ‘damsel in distress’ attitude, where women are seen as ‘needing a man’ to take the lead.
The serial dater: I would never chat a guy up or ask for someone’s number, I couldn’t deal with the rejection, so this was way out of my comfort zone, but I did love the fact that I had all the power.
I’ve often had men abuse me on Tinder for not responding quickly enough to a message or turning them down for a date, but on Yuusk, it’s a completely different vibe – the men on here are of a whole different calibre.
It will definitely encourage me to make the first move more often and it is empowering to be in the driving seat for a change.
The slogan: “We are known as being the best”
The low-down: Have you ever seen Mr Dreamy on the bus only for him to get off three stops before you, vanishing forever? While you’re usually all about female empowerment, you’re not wearing the right shoes to chase him down the street to exchange numbers, or you know, tell him he’s The One?
Dejected, you can’t help but think Mr Right is now untraceable – there goes your happy ever after. Enter Adulino, the app which finds the people you’ve crossed paths with throughout the day.
Half creepy and half ingenious, the app uses GPS tracking to present you with a list of people you’ve come into contact with. Every time you cross paths with someone in real life, their profile shows up on your timeline. Adulino.com allows for conversation only when you’ve both liked each other and you match.
The expert: This sounds like every stalker’s dream, I’m not sure I would be convinced of its safety features, but it is a good way to make contact with someone who you’ve been eyeing from afar.
If you’re the shy type, this app is the perfect buffer, if not, ditch the app and start conversation in the real world.
Because the app is proximity-based, it also make things easier when it comes to setting up the date.
The serial dater: I loved the idea of this app, every morning on my way to work I crossed paths with the same guy, but I was never brave enough to ask him out. As soon as I signed up we matched and we’re about to go on a first date. The only downside is that my ex-boyfriend lives nearby so it’s like he’s literally always on my radar.