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Swipe Dating Apps: Tinder, Bumble, & More

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When it comes to online dating today, the big trend is simple: swipe right for yes, swipe left for no. More and more online dating platforms have adopted this approach and now there are countless swipe dating apps out there. But what apps are worth your time?

Here’s a list of some of the best swipe dating apps and what makes them different to help you find the app (or apps) to swipe right on.

Tinder

Tinder was one of the first swipe dating apps on the market and is still extremely popular today. On Tinder, daters swipe through a feed of profiles. When two daters swipe right on each other they match and messaging begins. Swipe left and you won’t see that person again. That’s basically it. It’s very simple and easy to use.

Nowadays, Tinder has a couple of fun extra features to add to the swiping experience. Daters can link Instagram and Spotify accounts to add more photos or share music tastes, but beyond that, the app is still a what you see is what you get experience.

Bumble

Bumble is very similar to Tinder with one chief difference—women come first. In opposite-sex matches, the woman has to message first. (In same-sex matches, anyone can message first.) This interaction was created to help reduce the amount of incoming harassment and spam messages women receive. (A problem that has become so bad it’s spawned popular social media accounts dedicated to exposing (and laughing at) the problem.

OkCupid

OkCupid is one of the older dating apps that underwent a rebrand to modernize the app (i.e. added swiping). The app is a bit older, so it functions a bit differently than the newer apps out there.

Each profile has a compatibility rating that OkCupid generates based on attitudinal survey questions that you can answer at your leisure. Also, unlike other swipe dating apps, OkCupid has a search function that allows you to find other profiles based on a number of different criteria.

Badoo

Badoo is a popular international social media app that’s focused on dating. There are a few different options for searching for people including a live streaming service, but the primary focus is on swiping.

Badoo’s big draw is its international popularity. Badoo operates in multiple countries, is available in tons of different languages, and is frequently downloaded worldwide.

Tastebuds

Tastebuds is a cool little social media and dating site that revolves around your music taste. You select artists and songs that fit your fancy and other singles do the same. You spend your time swiping through a feed of other singles with their photos and music selection on display upfront. If you like their taste, swipe right. (Don’t worry, you can still write a bio about yourself.)

So, there you have it. These are the best swipe dating apps out there. Whether you choose to swipe right or left on any or all of these, remember dating is about getting out there, so get swiping and get out there.

*The Date Mix is owned by Zoosk, Inc. Zoosk, Inc. is not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with Tinder, Bumble, OkCupid, Badoo, Tastebuds, or any of their subsidiaries or affiliates. Tinder, Bumble, OkCupid, Badoo, and Tastebuds are registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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