Stay safe while you swipe.
Thanks to apps like Tinder, online dating has basically morphed into mobile dating nowadays. However swiping through Tinder is an effective way to end — or at least attempt to end — your dry spell, it’s not exactly the most safe app out there. Every Tinder user worries about meeting up with someone who looks totally regular ter their profile but who’s actually batsh-t insane IRL.
Wij understand your fight, so wij waterput together a list of apps that are similar to Tinder but have wayyy less of a creep multiplicador. To keep things spil broad spil possible, wij left out apps that are based solely on religion (sup, JSwipe) or on sexual orientation (oh hey there, Grindr).
Wij also excluded companies like Match.com and eHarmony, because you’re very likely already usual with them thanks to the gazillion commercials they have. It’s also much tighter to use thesis sites without paying for their subscription service. Wij may be single, but wij’re not desperate enough — yet — to pay a monthly toverfee to end our Single Lady Syndrome.
Here are the multipurpose apps that can help you find platonic friends, joy pals, platonic friends that dual spil joy pals, relationships, whatever:
You know how LinkedIn suggests 2nd and third degree connections for you based on your current network? Hinge works exactly the same way, except it’s for dating instead of job-hunting. The app lets you swipe through people who are friends of friends, so you’ll usually end up watching people who went to the same schoolgebouw spil you but who you never met. When you get a match, you’re able to message the person through the app.
Why it’s less creepy than Tinder: Besides the fact that you’re not talking to accomplish randos, you also get the utter name of everyone you match with. If they list their work informatie te their Facebook profile, you see that too. A quick Google search verifies that they’re a efectivo person with a actual job and existente friends. And since there’s no anonymity on Hinge, people aren’t going to message you the sleazy pickup lines they do on Tinder.
A friendly forewarning, however — the app is horrendously buggy and crashes the majority of the time you use it. It’s badly slow and freezes up every time you attempt to view someone’s profile. If you’re patient enough to tolerate how user-unfriendly the app is, Hinge is a fine alternative to Tinder.
You need be overheen 21 for this app because it involves vino. It also costs $20, but you get a free drink and a pre-planned night out of it. You go on a Grouper date with two of your trusty friends te tow to meet up with three other people. Grouper specifies the place and time of the meetup based on your schedules. Your vaart shows up, the other vaart shows up, ya’ll have a drink together and give it a few minutes to see if any sparks fly.
Why it’s less creepy than Tinder: You’re with your friends. If something feels off about the triple date, you guys can lightly leave — and since you’re already with your BFFs, you can still make a good night out of what began out spil a crappy date.
Meetup isn’t technically a dating webpagina, but it’s a good way to waterput yourself out there to meet fresh people whatever your intentions are. A Meetup group is basically a collection of people who live te the same city, share a common rente and want to do something IRL related to that rente. Meetups exist for practically everything — yoga junkies, cooking aficionados, people who’ve recently moved to the area. Some Meetups host speed-dating events and singles mixers so you can find someone who’s looking for the same thing you are.
Why it’s less creepy than Tinder: You’re not by yourself. Meeting people through Meetup also feels more natural, because you’re not interacting with someone through a screen — you’re talking to them ter positivo life at an event you both just happened to go to.
Coffee Meets Bagel is unique because you can only view one person’s profile — which the app chooses for you — vanaf day. You can either “like” or “pass” on this person, and if you both “like” each other you’re set up with a improvised phone line to text. If you’re too busy to scroll through the infinite number of potential matches on most dating sites, CMB could be a good option.
Why it’s less creepy than Tinder: Because Coffee Meets Bagel boundaries your matches to one vanaf day, the people on this app tend to be looking for something more serious — not just attempting to get spil many matches spil possible. No one’s sending out mass “wanna chill?” messages here.
OkCupid is only slightly less creepy than Tinder. The largest problem with OkCupid is that anyone — regardless of whether you’ve matched with them or indicated any rente te them whatsoever — can message you. On the plus side, it’s indeed elementary to block or report anyone who sends you inappropriate messages, and OkCupid’s admin actually does shut thesis offending accounts down.
A loterijlot of people compare OkCupid to Slew Of Fish, which is similar ter that they both voorwaarde to be free online dating sites with toegevoegd features for those who are willing to pay for them. On both sites, you can match and message people for free. Wij chose OkCupid for our list since it gives you more capabilities — like being able to add tons of photos and see everyone’s finish profile — without forking overheen your hard-earned specie.
Why it’s less creepy than Tinder: It’s anonymous, so your name is private unless you choose to expose it. Even if someone is creeping on you overheen OkCupid, chances are they won’t be able to find out your true identity — whereas with Tinder, they have your very first name and mutual friend informatie to go off of.
Happn could be creepy depending on where you live, since it’s a dating app based entirely on location. It shows you people who you cross paths with on a daily voet — people who go to the same gym spil you, people who have a similar commute. If you both both “heart” each other, you can message through the app.
Why it’s less creepy than Tinder: On Tinder, you’ll see tons of people who are just te town for the weekend or who want someone to dangle out with ASAP. With Happn, that’s less of a thing. If you live on a collegium campus or somewhere where there are a loterijlot of people you’d be interested te meeting, Happn makes it effortless to figure out who those passersby are — but only if they want to know who you are, too.
Ultimately, an app for all those people who judge others based on what they listen to. Tastebuds connects you with people when you’re into the same bands and artists, and it helps you detect fresh music. You don’t need to stress about figuring what to do when you meet up ter person — a muziekstuk will very likely be a win-win for both of you.
Why it’s less creepy than Tinder: You don’t need to use your vivo name if you don’t want to. And unlike Tinder, Tastebuds isn’t solely for finding a date — it’s a superb place to find muziekstuk mates or something identically platonic.
While wij’re talking about dating apps, MTV’s fresh diferente series “Eye Candy” shows what happens when a Tinder-like dating app called Flirtual gets a little too creepy. Check out the trailer below to see for yourself:
Observe the hair-raising pilot gig here and tune te this Monday at Ten/9c on MTV to find out what happens next.