These days there seem to be apps for everything. You can obtain long-range weather forecasts, check train timetables or chat with friends, all from that smart device held in the palm of your hand. But one aspect of social media which has really exploded in recent times is the use of dating apps. On top of everything else, you can now arrange your love life via your web browser, with a fascinating and ever-evolving range of sites to hook up to.
With so much choice, the most difficult question any single needs to ask from the outset is, which one should I download and join? Here is your current top five of recommended dating apps.
Flirt.com is an exceptionally user-friendly dating app which offers clients an easily-navigatable interface. The moment you sign up to this resource you are given clear and concise instructions about how to take advantage of the service they offer. One of the most notable properties is the fact they offer a ‘Wish List’ to newcomers, where they can specify what they are looking for in a ‘Mr or Ms Right,’ right down to preferences for hairstyles or the ideal income level for a potential partner.
Loveaholics is based in the US but has members in many other countries, especially the UK. In a similar way to Flirt, this app presents a straightforward interface to clients. As well as offering the normal channels for getting matched with someone appropriate, one terrific aspect of the site is it includes a lot of background material, such as ‘great date tips.’ This allows new clients to read up on a range of issues which will improve their dating prospects, such as how to produce an excellent profile picture, or report suspicious behaviour. It also introduces video chats and chats room facilities.
In a market which is becoming saturated with dating apps, EliteSingles attempts to make itself stand out from the crowd by defining a narrow set of promoters for its users. It prides itself in aiming to attract singles who are professional and well-educated – 70% of its members are educated to university level. There are pros and cons to this approach. While many casual browsers might feel intimidated by this ‘elitist attitude,’ it does enable people falling within this catchment to appreciate they’ll have a much higher chance of finding suitable matches.
Another dating app which has gained a reputation for thinking outside the box is CoffeeMeetsBagel. While the name produces images of the metropolitan single lifestyle, with trendy singles supping coffee while checking their inbox for messages, the key aspect of this app is a quirky algorithm. Every day at the stroke of noon, male site users are sent a list of females who happened to be close by. Women will receive a similar list, prioritised according to those males who have expressed the keenest interest. As couples are matched, they are given access to a dedicated chat room to get to know each other better. There is also the ability to ‘send a wow!’ to someone you’re interested in – which is basically a super-like!
One of the core building blocks of any dating resource is compatibility and eHarmony certainly goes to great lengths to ensure it matches up singles with someone suitable. At the outset of the process, newcomers are invited to complete a stringent questionnaire where they are asked to specify a range of links or dislikes. This even takes into account aspects of their character, and their belief systems. This is all geared towards ensuring you’ll only be paired up with someone appropriate.