Sean and Nadine met online in 2007. 9 years later they’re still together and now happily married. Now we look into Sean and Nadine’s take on how online dating apps have changed, what works and what doesn’t.
One thing is clear: online dating has become a part of our day-to-day life. Even if you don’t have a dating profile, you know someone who does. And to help navigate the digital sea of love, Sean and I reviewed the options. Whether you’re looking to hook up, start dating or find a long term relationship, we’re confident there’s a match made for you.
The App: Tinder
Among the first “swiping apps” Swipe right to “Like” or left to “Pass” on recommended people. If someone likes you back, it’s a match! As of late 2014, an estimated 50 million people use the app every month with an average of 12 million matches per day and one billion swipes per day. No questionnaires to fill out and very little small talk. You simply log in through Facebook, pick a few photos that best describe “you” and start swiping.
Sean: It’s cool but oversimplified…too superficial. I think you need to have a good medium between Tinder and other dating apps that use algorithms.
Nadine: I don’t think it’s superficial. You can read a lot about a person from their photo. And you need that initial physical attraction in order to take the next step in getting to know someone. We’re primal that way lol.
The App: OkCupid
Uses math to calculate your best matches for free. Their algorithm saves you time by ranking your matches based on what you care about. You can send and receive as many messages as you want for free, as well as like profiles and see who’s into you.
Sean: The description isn’t as flashy or exciting as other apps. But the algorithm/math equations might help you hone in on your perfect match.
Nadine: Meh! I hate math and wouldn’t have used this app at all. I’m not wowed. Next!
Grouper – Get Together
A website and iPhone app that sets you and your friends up on a group date by connecting to your Facebook profile. It matches up to three guys and three girls (or same-sex couplings) based on your age, education, job, interests, and “general lifestyle.” Basically, you pick your wing women, and the site selects the date, location, and guys (it also provides a round of free drinks)
Sean: If you’re shy or cautious, this is a safe way to meet someone for the first time. Less pressure, but beware of wing women aka the female triangle.
Sean: Because if her friends don’t like you, it’s going to be one long ass date.
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