There was once a time where it was considered scandalous–perhaps even a little embarrassing–to meet someone online. Now, the stigma is largely gone and dating sites and apps are considered viable means of making fulfilling romantic connections.
Now, online dating has never been easier for a lonely heart.
There are plenty of online-dating options available for people in Brampton, and we’ve narrowed down the most popular and unique ones.
So grab your smartphone and start searching for these apps if you don’t have them already.
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Tinder is a one-stop-shop for all kinds of dating, whether you’re looking for something long-term, short-term, or somewhere in-between. It’s a fast-and-fun approach to online dating – the only problem is it may take some time to match with someone who has the same interests as you. Many people using the app are there for different reasons, so you’ll have to weed out the users who are not there for the same purpose as you, as they can really test your patience (since there are over 50 million active users).
Tinder requires you to log in using your Facebook account (no Facebook account = no Tinder!), and connects you with everyone using the app in an up to 160-kilometre radius from you. Tinder discloses your first name, age, things that you’ve liked on Facebook, and any mutual Facebook friends between you and your potential match. Overall, it’s a fun way to meet people. You don’t have to spend too much time creating your profile since much of your profile is automatically constructed from your Facebook account. You simply swipe right on the individuals you like, and swipe left on those you are not interested in. You can also give people a “super like” to ensure they know that you’re really, really, into them.
4. Coffee Meets Bagel
Don’t like having too many options? Coffee Meets Bagel (CMB) provides you with a few, high-quality matches a day that are tailored to you based on your preferences. Every day at noon, CMB offers up to six Bagels (matches) for women (using their smart algorithm), matching you with individuals who are highly relevant to you (similar social network, education, interest, etc.). If you’re not interested in any of the Bagels offered to you that day, you can use the Discovery Tab to review other profiles that weren’t directly matched to you.
Once matched, CMB offers an icebreaker question to get things rolling. You only have 24 hours to message one another, and a week to exchange numbers/emails (regardless of whether you’ve chatted or not) which helps motivate matches to get to know one another more quickly. Users can filter their potential matches by selecting preferences based on ethnicity, religion, age and height. You have the option of purchasing/earning Beans, which allow for extra app functions. With their recent premium version (which costs $35 a month), users can see read receipts for messages they’ve sent, know when their matches were last active, and receive 6,000 Beans to spend on other CMB paid features. Best of luck finding your unique coffee or bagel!
OkCupid is another dating app that has many users to filter through. What makes OkCupid more fun and different from other dating apps is the Question & Answer feature. When setting up your account, you are asked a number of random questions (some of which you can skip) such as what you think the most exciting thing about getting to know someone is, if you enjoy discussing politics, if you’re a cat or a dog person, and many more. As you are discovering your potential matches, OkCupid provides you with statistics on how compatible you are based on the responses you both provided. You are also able to filter through matches based on languages spoken, ethnicity, and age, to name a few categories. The initial set-up can take a while since you’re answering a number of different questions, but it makes finding the perfect match a lot easier. Like Tinder, you swipe right on those you are interested in, and left on those you aren’t interested in. This app also offers a unique feature where you can use their advanced search option to narrow down the people you’re most interested in.
Beware: since almost anyone can message you, your inbox can become filled with messages with many potential matches, which can make it difficult to find someone you’re really interested in. You have the option to upgrade and pay for a basic or premium version where you can get access to a number of different features, such as the ability to see who liked you and who read your messages, access to a bigger mailbox with storage for up to 5,000 messages, and the ability to filter through more options, such as body types. The cost of the membership you choose depends on how many and what kind of features you’d like access to, and for how long you plan to use the membership (but it’s relatively cheaper than its competitors).
Tired of the traditional social convention where men make the first move? BEE not afraid, for Bumble is here! Bumble is very similar to Tinder, however, when two people of the opposite gender match, it’s up to the female to message the male first (oh yes, the tables have turned). She has 24 hours to message him or else his profile disappears. He then only has 24 hours to respond, otherwise the opportunity to BEE together is gone. For those looking for same-gender matches, either gender can start the conversation. Users also have a short bio and can put up to six cherry-picked photos of themselves which can be enhanced using Bumble’s built-in filters. The swiping functions on this app are slightly different from the ones on Tinder (for example, you have to swipe up to view more photos), but it’s just as easy and quick to use. If you accidentally swiped left on a profile, you can shake your phone and the profile will reappear (you can only do this three times per day). There are also premium versions where you have additional features such as Beeline, Rematch, and Busybee. Well ladies, time to buzz out of the beehive and get out there!
Ever walk past someone you found intriguing but didn’t have the opportunity to approach? Happn is an app that connects you to people within a three-block radius. Originally from France, Happn gives you the opportunity to connect with people around you who also have the app. Every time you cross paths with someone in real life, their profile is populated on your home tab in a collage-like format, so there is no need to swipe through different profiles, you simply slide down your timeline. This app provides you with stats like when and where you two crossed paths, and how long ago they were active on the app. You can like them secretly, or message them directly (which costs you one credit). If you both like each other, you can start a conversation at no cost. You can upload up to nine photos directly from your Facebook, Instagram, or from your phone’s photo library. There is a short bio you can complete, and you have the option of syncing your Instagram and Spotify accounts.
In today’s day and age, there’s a dating app for pretty much everyone. There are apps focusing on connecting individuals from the same religion such as Minder (known as the Muslim Tinder) and JSwipe (Jewish dating app), apps that connect music lovers, like Tastebuds, and there’s even Tindog for dog owners – the possibilities are endless! So, go ahead, download a few apps, put up a few pictures, don’t be boring, feel free to have a friendly chat with a few people, and may the swiping odds be ever in your favour.