Online dating has certainly exploded in recent years, with a diverse range of websites and apps providing users with the ability to meet potential partners. The technology, quite literally, is at anyone’s fingertips. So if you’d like to get introduced to prospective dates after considering profiles in your browser, what are the five best dating apps currently on offer?
Plenty of Fish
Plenty of Fish, or POF for short, is certainly one of the most popular dating apps for Android, with over 30 million members (although the site’s PR department insist the global figure is much, much higher.) One of the reasons for its enduring popularity is the fact membership is free. It is important to underscore that, while it may cost nothing to complete the application form and become a POF devotee, if you want to utilize any of the more advanced features it will cost you. Around half a million POF users have paid to access the premium service, including aspects such as unlocking extended profiles, sending gifts and inserting up to 16 images.
As interfaces go, POF is clean, good on the eye, and is readily navigatable. This makes it ideal for a smartphone app, allowing fluid engagement without straining your eyes too much.
Flirt.com is another free app at the point of signing up, and the application process is straightforward. An account can be launched in next to no time, allowing members to browse through the profiles of existing site members by parameters such as sex, age, and location. There is a well-balanced ratio of males to females, meaning your chances of striking it lucky with a compatible match are always very good.
Zoosk is available in over 25 languages, in 80 countries. If you are keen to connect with someone from a different culture, then you could give this dating site a go. It follows the same format of many of its contemporaries, allowing site users to browse through extensive lists of available local singles, getting matched with fellow daters before engaging in online conversations. The first message after contact is free; thereafter a subscription has to be taken out.
Bumble is a dating app for Android which has some unusual properties. On the surface, it pretty much does what most other sites say on the tin, providing the user with suitable partners. The difference is that it is up to the female site users to decide if they wish to initiate a further chat within a 24-hour window. The male then has a further day to decide if he wishes to reciprocate. With same-sex relationships, either party is free to make the first move. All this might seem like an added layer of complication, but what it does is ensure a degree of commitment when it comes to reaching out to a prospective partner. That bane of dating sites, the time wasters who are only really dabbling out of curiosity, are avoided.
Coffee Meets Bagel
The thinking behind this particular app is typical site visitors are busy individuals who lead otherwise complicated lifestyles and do not necessarily have the time to devote to serious browsing of the list after list of profile descriptions. When the clock reaches mid-day, male members are sent what is described as a ‘curated list’ of single women who happen to be in their neighborhood. A similar list is forwarded to female site users, with men who have expressed an interest listed uppermost. After couples have been matched, they are allocated a private chat room where they can really get to know each other.
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