Just like online dating before it, dating apps started out as a bit of a dirty secret – how many Tinder profiles joke that they’ll want to lie about how you met?But time and ubiquity have meant that apps like Tinder and Grindr are no longer seen as a source of shame, and they’re just another of the many ways people can try and meet each other in the modern digital age.We’ve waded through the app stores to sort the useful prospects from the wastes of time, and here’s what we found.
I passed on most of the ‘bagels' and eventually stopped using it, however I can definitely see how it has its user base and will work well for some.
Inevitably, that success has sparked a wave of imitators and successors, from established dating websites dipping their toes in the app waters, to start-ups with a bright idea and a novel gimmick hoping to make an impression.
Primer's editor and founder Andrew field tested a lot of the options out there and has included his own experiences.
Of course, that flies in the face of the old adage that dating is a numbers game – with only one potential match each day, it could be a while before you find someone you really get along with, especially if you’re looking for long-term prospects.
You also pick up ‘beans’ (read: points) for joining the app, getting friends to join, promoting it on social media and more.