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Dating During Quarantine: The Singles Guide to Online Dating Sites

I never thought that I would ever be writing a post about online dating apps. I also never expected for our world to be in the condition that it is in right now. This pandemic has brought on more than just the fear and anxiety of getting sick, it has also brought on added pressure and angst to singles who feel that their season of loneliness will be prolonged due to precautionary inaction. Many are now apprehensive about dating the traditional way and have opted to explore the mysterious world of dating apps. In fact, the CEO of Tinder says that the overall activity and engagement on the app has soured in the last few months. There were a whopping three billion swipes recorded during the month of March, Tinder’s highest single-day activity volume in the app’s history.

It makes sense. In the midst of a deadly virus sickening millions both physically and figuratively, it’s understandable why people aren’t racing to the nearest bar to find their potential mates. Why people would be looking for their potential mate in a bar is beyond me… but I digress. Sorry for the sassiness lol.

With so many dating apps to choose from, it can be very intimidating to know which one will be the best fit for you. Not to worry, I have done the research for you and have compiled my findings below. I have listed ten popular dating apps along with a quick overview of each one to help you make better, informed decisions. If you are considering diving into the world of online dating… then just keep on reading!

 10 Popular Apps:

  1.     Coffee Meets Bagel
    • Completely free to sign up
    • Think of themselves more as a matchmaker than a dating app
    • Carries the philosophy that the “slow dating approach” produces more lasting results.
    • Not the easiest format to use
    • Limited opportunities to match with people
  1.     Tinder
    • The sign-up process is very quick and easy
    • Very popular within the 21-30 age group
    • Doesn’t have the best reputation for serious dating
    • Allows for both genders to initiate conversation first
    • Very large user base
    • There is a limited number of likes allowed per day
  1.     Hinge
    • Quick and easy sign up process
    • One of the few dating apps to offer both picture and video submissions
    • Lots of matching opportunities
    • Ability to like and comment on pictures and prompted comments
    • Good potential for serious dating
    • Allows for specified preferences
    • Matches are not always responsive
  1.     Bumble
    • A more detailed sign up process
    • Very popular within the age group 25-35
    • A fan favorite for developing more serious relationships
    • Ladies have to send the first message, except for same gender dating where either partner can message first
    • Offers additional services– Bumble BFF (finding girlfriends) and Bumble Biz (marketing with others in the working world)
    • Smaller user base
  1.     Plenty of Fish
    • Requires more information to sign up
    • A more traditional dating app
    • Available on multiple platforms
    • Large user base
    • Inexpensive premium features
    • Poor matching system
    • Not always able to see others full profiles
  1.     Christian Mingle
    • By far one the most popular site for marriage-minded Christians
    • Women outnumbered men, which is a benefit for just men
    • Limited dating pool
    • Must be a paid member in order to respond to messages
    • Sites tend to be a bit glitchy
    • Matches are said to be highly responsive
  1.     OkCupid
    • Most affordable of the top online dating sites
    • Matching system is typically a hit or miss
    • A detailed sign up process
    • Low cost A-List subscription
    • Possibility of fake accounts due to no cost registration
    • Easy to navigate subscription
  1.     Chispa
    • Designed for Latino men and women
    • A bi-lingual dating app– It can be used in English or Spanish
    • Very user-friendly design
    • Poor matching system
    • Poor location filter
    • Praised for its great design concept, but not for its technology execution
  1.     BLK
    • Designed for black men and women
    • No categories to filter your options
    • Poor location filter
    • Great layout concept
    • Currently reported to be very glitchy
    • Limitations to viewing others’ profiles
    • Users have been impressed with the amount of attractive selections on the app
  1. FTH
    • More detailed sign up process
    • Designed for Christian dating
    • Relatively new dating app
    • Poor matching system
    • Not the best filtering system
    • Popular for meeting like-minded people of faith

If you’ve tried any of these dating apps leave a comment below and share some of your experiences with us! Also, make sure you check out my latest YouTube video: “Dating During Quarantine” to learn more pros and cons of online dating. Be safe! 🙂