I wanted to definitively compare and test the worth, consistency, and value of each individual app. (For example, while Tinder has more of a “hook-up” stereotype than Hinge does, I didn’t want to present myself as more open to hook-ups on one versus the other.) It’s difficult to decide how to present yourself in this capacity – how much is appropriate to share, but how much is not enough?I tested their standards of profiles (yikes – see more below), their processes, and their successes and failures. Once these decisions were made and my profiles were created, it became official: There was no turning back.In Conclusion: is a well-tested platform, and they clearly know what they’re doing.
The low(s): There was the guy who told me he wrote me a “poem,” which turned out to be an unbelievably offensive piece of pornography that prompted me to feel like I needed to simultaneously take a shower and scream into a pillow; and of course there was the disturbingly high amount of men I accidentally “super liked.” I thought you could only “Pass” (left swipe) or “Like” (right swipe), but no – if you swipe “up,” it notifies the guy that you “Super Like” him. The fact that they know they have to wait for female-initiated conversation is a pretty good indicator that they are aware that most girls on this app are not looking for a one-time hook-up.Seriously, it is so easily to mistakenly swipe “up” instead of “right,” so I look like the world’s most eligible yet most desperate woman in cyberspace. “This might sound crazy but I gotta ask – were you a contestant on The Bachelorette? I had some really nice conversations (and went on some nice dates!In Conclusion: Tinder is not as scary as people think it is, but you still shouldn’t trust these strangers too quickly. ) – If you can muster the guts to make the first move, it’s going to pay off.If your self-esteem can’t take the potential (and likely) hit of not getting responses after putting yourself out there, this app’s not for you.Price: .99/mo on i Tunes for app access; full online access price differs by plan is one of the OG dating sites, and you’ve probably seen their very active marketing strategies.