In this day and age, just about everything you need can be accessed via the portable super computer you carry around in your pocket. From an online casino to basically the entirety of human knowledge and a whole lot of cat photos, your smartphone is the ticket to a whole new world.
But not a soul mate, you mutter solemnly. A super computer can give you just about everything, but not the other half of your heart…
Nonsense! There are dating apps for soul mates, silly, and it just so happens that dating apps are more popular than ever before. So, reach for that super computer, create a dating app account, and let your soul mate find you. Or you can find them. Whichever way, it doesn’t matter. Soul mates are magnetically drawn to one another, as well know, so just let it happen. Though, we would suggest swiping a few times at least, since even soul mate magic can’t defy the rules of apps.
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When you have an industry that is saturated, standing out with some or other ‘hook’ is needed. In the case of Bumble the ladies must message first. Gentlemen sign up and create an account, but are not able to send any messages to ladies at all. This, presumably, is in order to limit the frankly staggering amount of messages ladies must get on such apps, given the standard gender bias that normally occurs. Which is to say, there are normally far more men than women.
There is one more ‘hook.’ If men don’t respond to a message within 24 hours, the match is lost forever. Another step taken in order to address problems experienced on other apps. In this case, frustrating ‘unknown’ factor. Will I get a response? Won’t I? 24 hours, your time is up!
Interesting angles, even if they do seem a little overbearing. Bumble is free if you want to try it out.
We know Tinder, you know Tinder. It’s the most popular dating app on Earth. We’ll just say this; it has problems. The profiles are normally a sentence or two, if that, which really does make it hard to figure out what to say once you do match. In a nutshell; you’re deciding on whom to match with based on a few photos, nothing more. It makes deciding on whom to swipe right on somewhat of a gamble.
On the upsides it’s free, and there are more potential matches here than anywhere else. Just don’t be surprised if you match with some very undesirable characters. The law of averages and all that.
OKCupid came long before Tinder, but has started imitating Tinder recently. It has much more detailed and in-depth profiles, so there is far more to go on. It also allows you to answer a series of questions, and will provide potential matches based on an algorithm. The recent changes mean that you can also swipe, like with Tinder, and if you match, you will be notified.
A smart recent change means that random messages can no longer be spammed, and will only show-up if that person looks at your profile. A conversation cannot be had unless a match likes you back. The poor ladies on OKCupid, how they must have been bombarded until these changes were initiated. It’s also free of course, and is frankly a better version of Tinder at this point. In our opinion anyway.
Coffee Meets Bagel
Like a weird mutant offspring of Tinder and OKCupid, Coffee Meets Bagel has all the expected matching features, but with added gimmicks. A touch too many if we’re being honest, while also attempted to be ‘quirky’ and ‘modern.’ The app will suggest opening messages to send to matches, and generally attempt to help guide interactions.
Yes, it’s free. But we can’t answer why matches are referred to as ‘bagels.’ Because it’s quirky, is the likely answer to that question.
Then we have Hinge, which is an app that was rather bold in its approach. It is Tinder, it is OKCupid, and it is Coffee Meets Bagel. So what is its hook? Using Facebook as a primary source for suggesting matches. It prioritises common Facebook connections and puts those matches front and centre. We’re not exactly sure if this is a good idea, since most want to branch out from their already existing network of friends and family when looking to date. Of course, we could be wrong, and this is exactly the right thing for you.
Either way, this is the angle that Hinge has taken. Or at least had taken. Recently the app has stopped requiring a Facebook login as a primary means of creating an account, and will now operate without your Facebook details. So, you can go in without Facebook, if you so choose. But in that case, it is just any other dating app without a hook.