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Dating has changed a lot since your parents met, mostly due to technology. Whether you want a one-time hookup, a casual fling, or a long-term relationship, you can find an app for it.
Although many dating apps let you play things fast and loose, you’ll have better luck finding what you want or need if you use the right one to start. Here are some of the best dating apps you can use for the specific outcome you want.
When you’re looking for a good time, the last thing you want to do is sit through a series of dates just to get to what you really want. Skip the mating ritual by downloading one of these apps.
We all know Tinder. Swipe right and make your intentions clear that you’re looking for a booty call. It’s also a good way to meet someone for regular hook-ups without all that messy relationship stuff.
Queer, lesbian, and bi women are flocking to HER, a dating app just for women who like women. The app makes it easy to make it clear you’re into someone: just like their photo to start a conversation.
You can’t mix up what AdultFriendFinder is all about, unless you’ve confused it with a good way to find a friend to go get coffee with. But nope, that’s not what this is. This super-NSFW app lets you get your fix quickly and easily, and likely with no strings attached.
Traditional Online Dating
Looking for something a little more permanent? You’re not alone. Just check out one of these dating apps and sites to see how many others are looking to date, or more.
If you’re done with one-night stands, Match.com has you covered. Set up your profile and start browsing. You’re likely to find matches with people who share your interests, and they’re usually looking for something more serious than what they’d find on Tinder. After all, Match.com isn’t cheap.
For a less expensive and more casual route, there’s OKCupid. This dating site lets you play around free, but you can pay for a plan that removes annoying ads, lets you set up photo albums, and see who’s read your message.
Plenty of Fish
Unlike the previous two apps, Plenty of Fish is totally free. Fair warning, though: It has a reputation of being a bit skeevy with scammers and people searching for hookups only.
Finding The One
If you’re a hopeless (hopeful?) romantic who’s done with the casual thing and wants to find “The One,” there’s an app (or a dozen) for that.
Like Match.com, eHarmony is a household name. This dating site focuses on finding you the perfect match. You’ll answer a bunch of questions, and the matchmaking service does its work to give you a fighting chance at finding love.
In the online dating world, it’s easy to be critical of the littlest things when there’s another profile just a swipe or click away. Once tries to steady your gaze and hand by offering you only one match per day. Snooze and lose — your match disappears after 24 hours.
One of the biggest issues with dating apps (for women, anyway) are the creepy dudes with only one thing on their minds. On Bumble, the ladies have to make the first move, which means less pressure and a potentially higher caliber of matches available.
Unplug And Meet People IRL
Of course, you don’t have to use an app to get a date. There are options, such as snoozing Bumble, so you don’t get notifications that you have a new match. Unplug for a while and head out into the real world to meet people.
Regardless of where you meet someone, get your new partner’s deets and run a background check before you go on that first date. At the very least, you’ll be able to find out if you’re being catfished before you meet, and at worst, you could see a deal-breaker on a person’s public record.