You've got love or romance on your mind, so you download the Tinder app (Android, iOS) only to find that your Tinder matches have sex on the brain and are too quick to rule you out based on looks alone? Not to say that Tinder users can't go from Tinder matches to updating their status to "In a relationship" on Facebook (Android, iOS). But what if you're off Facebook now, because you're just over arguing with your "friends" about politics or are rightfully concerned about Facebook's privacy or security practices and no longer have a Facebook log-in to use for Tinder? If Tinder is not for you, here are 10 Tinder alternatives to check out, if you're looking for something beyond a hookup. Your perfect match may be just a tap away.
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Bumble (Android, iOS) was designed for the women looking for long-term relationships who are long tired of endless propositions from guys, not to mention unsolicited "dick pics." That's because Bumble is the dating app equivalent of those old Sadie Hawkins dances, where women approached the men first. After a swipe left to match on Bumble, women make the first move and men have 24 hours to start a conversation. What's more, for all of you users concerned with Facebook's unscrupulous privacy practices, Bumble now offers Facebook-free registration. Just sign up with your phone number.
2. Coffee Meets Bagel
Popular dating app Coffee Meets Bagel (Android, iOS) for Android and iOS is not about one-night stands. Instead it emphasizes perfect and long-term romantic matches that pair together as perfectly as your morning cup of joe and that delectable bagel that's chewy on the outside and soft on the inside, filled with savory cream cheese and the freshest lox. But I digress...That's why you'll get preselected potential matches every day at noon based on your physical criteria, interests, and more. Once you're matched, you'll get put in a private chat room and fed conversation starters.
Some might argue that if someone's good enough for your friends, then they're good enough for you. That's why Hinge (Android, iOS) leverages the power of mutual friends and tagging to introduce you to friends' friends. The app offers more than photos with ages and locations, digging into more substantial info like school, work, and hobbies. Once you find a match, Hinge can make introductions, so you can avoid awkward silences.
If you're going to spend a lifetime -- as opposed to a nighttime -- with a match, then you want to get to know them first. Online dating app eHarmony (Android, iOS) takes that time to know each of its members with questionnaires, so it can create deeper matches with like-minded people that go beyond looks preferences. What's more the matches are delivered only a few at a time, so members truly consider each person's profile and compatibility details before deciding whether to pursue them or not. Then just express your interest with a smile, a favorite, a pre-written conversation starter, or a more personalized message, and see where it leads.
5. The League
The best ones are all taken? Not on The League (Android, iOS). The League offers an array of attractive, highly educated, and highly successful singles that are definite marriage material. You'll be glad to take them home -- or, in this case, show them off -- to your family.
6. Elite Singles
Elite Singles (Android, iOS) is another dating app for educated professionals looking for serious relationships. Elite Singles targets 40+ men and women (but is open to all) who don't play when it comes to their work or personal lives. So after you fill out your personality test, you can be confident that the three to seven highly vetted match suggestions you receive each day are who they say they are, truly suit you and, like you, are ready for long-term relationships.
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7. The Inner Circle
Like The League and Elite Singles, The Inner Circle (iOS) stresses highly vetted quality individuals looking to make meaningful matches. The Inner Circle members are educated, professional, and available to meet you over the app or at one of The Inner Circle's exclusive events.
Have you ever gone home with someone only to run out screaming when you hear their distasteful Spotify playlists? Tastebuds (iOS) makes sure that never happens by encouraging you to add your favorite artists and then matching you with prospective dates based on similar music tastes -- not plain ol' looks. Then just browse your matches and send them a song that they're sure to like as a conversation starter. Remember, looks fade, but the best music is timeless.
The best relationships are often built on friendships. To this end, Skout (Android, iOS), an app for meeting new people, puts friendship first. Discover potential new friends on the Skout dating app based on preference and proximity, and get to know them through in-app chat. Then meet your new friend offline, and if you both like each other, let it develop into something more.
Are you tired of dating apps or feel like you have no time to spend on them? Or maybe you're shy? Then Wingman (Android, iOS), a slightly different take on the classic dating app, might be for you. Wingman puts your friend or family member in charge of matchmaking. After all, who knows you better? So let your wingman create a profile for you, broadcast your best qualities, and choose who to introduce you to and how. If things go as planned, they may be the man or maid of honor at your wedding.
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