Dating is not what it used to be (from what I hear). Fifty years ago a guy asked a girl on a date in person, now we're lucky if guys ask us to go on a "date" (via text) instead of "hangout." But I've embraced modern dating and so has most of the world. Which is why online dating has blown up so much in the past few years.
With so many dating sites/apps out there (Tinder, OKCupid, Match, and more) its hard to figure out which one is right for you. The good thing about there being so many is that there is something for everyone:
What Makes It Stand Out: Wyldfire gives all the power to women, this dating app let's women chose who gets to join. Bye, bye, creepers!
A Twist on Tinder: The League can limit who sees a users profile. This is perfect for people who want to be on dating apps without anyone knowing they're on dating apps.
Here's What Happns: Every time you cross paths with a Happn user in real life, their profile shows up on your timeline. Like Tinder you secretly like their profile, but they won’t find out unless the interest is mutual.
No Pickup Lines: This app is like no dating app you've seen before. TheCatch is a game; women invite players, the first four guys to accept become contestants and whoever get the highest score wins/gets paired up with the woman.
Cost: Free, currently in beta.
The Dating Lounge
High-End: Professional matchmaker Samantha Daniels created this app; she describes it as the only dating community where friends date each other’s friends. So if you ever wanted to date your friend's friend, Suzy, this app is for you!
Cost: Free, but it's invite only.
Female Friendly: The concept for this app is simple "make the grade or be expelled." The Grade holds singles accountable for their dating behavior and uses an algorithm to expel low quality singles who are hostile, offensive, unresponsive and undesirable.
Ring The Alarm: With Siren users show hints of themselves through answers to daily, curated ice-breakers. Then women share their photos with men they choose to safely send signals of interest. No pre-crafted profiles and no swipe-to-reject approach.
Cost: Free, but the app is (currently) only available in Seattle and Portland.
Friends of Friends: Another app you can use to date/meet friends of friends. Except this one is not as exclusive. Hinge believes in keeping it "real." You meet real people, through your real friends, in real life.
Coffee Meets Bagel
Bagel Love: This app matches you with one bagel (person) per day, so you have day to think about whether or not you are interested in said person. If you like them you click "LIKE" if you don't you click "PASS." Sort of like Tinder, minus the creepy weirdos.
Dating Uber: Pure describes itself as "Uber for dates." Their manifesto is "Some people are looking for just one partner, while others want to explore and enjoy. It’s your choice, and Pure helps you act on it!"
Like I said there's an app for everyone. It doesn’t matter whether you're looking for something serious or something casual, so go forth and date ;)