Valentine’s Day is here. Shops have heart-shaped chocolate aisles, florists are working overtime, and love is in the air. Unfortunately, that’s not the only thing in the air. COVID-19 cases are still high in Louisiana, and meeting new people safely during a pandemic is still a struggle for many.
How do you find that special someone when everyone is hiding and covering their faces? You turn to the one place that has all the answers: the Internet.
According to a 2017 survey, online meetings have become the most popular way for couples to meet – more popular than meeting with friends, at school or in bars. In fact, nearly half of 18- to 29-year-olds say they’ve used a dating app, according to a 2019 study.
But deciding to download an app is only half the battle. The next step is to decide which app is best for you.
Having trouble finding an icebreaker? Hinge provides prompts when setting up your profile to help you share facts about yourself and start a conversation with potential matches. Once users see someone they’re interested in, they can comment on a specific prompt or photo to start getting to know each other.
Hinge bills itself as the only “designed to be deleted” dating app. The purpose of the app is to help form long term relationships. If you’re looking for something more casual, this app might not be the one for you.
Tinder is by far the most popular dating app. He is best known for popularizing the swipe mechanism that most apps now use.
Profiles on Tinder are simpler than Bumble and Hinge. Tinder profiles consist of up to nine photos and a short bio. Users swipe right if they are attracted to the other person and left if they are not. If the two people sneak up on each other, they match and can start a conversation.
With a focus on physical attraction, Tinder is the best option for those looking for something casual.
Bumble advertises itself as a female-friendly app. When two people of the opposite sex agree, the woman must send a message first. This is an attempt to encourage equality and allow women to have more power than they have on other dating apps.
After the first message is sent, the other user has 24 hours to respond. If there is no response within the first 24 hours, the match disappears.
Bumble uses Tinder’s swipe feature, but also offers prompts to add to your profile like Hinge. While Hinge is usually for more serious relationships and Tinder for more casual relationships, Bumble is a mix of the two.
Stay healthy and safe this Valentine’s Day using the dating app of your choice. Who knows? You might meet your match.