With Tinder currently dominating the dating app marketplace, some developers are looking for ways to make virtual romance less superficial.
Whether you use the mobile dating app Tinder or not, chances are you’ve heard of it. Since its launch in 2012, millions of people have flocked to the platform, which allows people to find romantic partners by swiping a list of nearby users. The app’s proponents cite its ease of use and attractive visual layout as primary reasons for its success.
Yet, although Tinder provides users with constant matches and unlimited romantic potential, it may actually be changing the way people date, and not necessarily in a good way.
Tinder’s critics claim that to make a personal or romantic connection, it takes more than a single, context-free photograph and a snap judgment. The implication is that Tinder is nothing more than a sexual marketplace full of “players” looking for a casual hookup. But is Tinder even that effective for those in search of a one-night stand?
A defining app of our times if ever there was one, Tinder essentially provides its users with a means of constant validation via “likes” and “swipes.” It thrives in an atmosphere of oblique misrepresentation and thinly veiled narcissism, where what you see on the screen is often not what you get in person.
Moreover, attraction is a multidimensional phenomenon that depends on more than just physical qualities. The good news is that there are a range of new dating apps available for a more authentic interpersonal experience. Here are three apps that satisfy the needs of people who want to take a different approach to virtual dating.
Diego Smith, co-founder of Loveflutter, describes the service as a more “meaningful” approach to online dating. Like Tinder, Loveflutter users upload a picture of themselves in addition to 140 characters of descriptive material.
The main difference between these two apps is that the image is blurred until other users actual look through the descriptive information and facts about the possible match. Only when a user decides to click “like” will the photo become visible. By forcing users to make decisions based on personality before physique, the potential for a successful match increases significantly.
Bristlr is a UK-based network designed for “connecting those with beards to those who want to stroke beards.” While some have called Bristlr the “Tinder for beards,” the company hopes that people will see it as more than just a casual hook-up site.
By creating a social networking site based upon a specific, mutual interest, Bristlr guarantees at least a minimum level of connection between its users.
Coffee Meets Bagel
Coffee Meets Bagel marks another attempt at a more meaningful approach to online dating. Coffee Meets Bagels employs the “quality over quantity” philosophy by limiting users to one match--or “bagel”--each day around noon.
If there is a match, which is generated based on information like the user’s profile details and mutual friends, the users will be invited to get to know each other in a private chat room. If the selection isn’t to either of the users’ liking, they’ll have to wait until the next day for another chance. By cutting down on volume, Coffee Meets Bagel obliges users to slow down and make more thoughtful decisions.
Make Your Move
One of the key takeaways here is that mobile dating is one of the fastest growing sectors of the mobile app economy, with room for further development seemingly limitless. A recent Pew Internet survey indicates that 59% of Americans believe that online dating is an effective way to meet people, up from 44% in 2005.
This year, the dating services industry is expected to generate $2.1 billion, according to IBISWorld 70% of which will come exclusively from dating websites and apps. What’s more, this industry is projected to grow an average of 4.9% a year over the next five years.
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