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The Dating Site Index by Garrett Conover - 2w ago

Eharmony caters to a very broad audience, who are looking for something very specific. It is made for those looking for a committed monogamous relationship. It is for men and women looking for a lifelong partnership.

Dating sites have seen a massive surge in popularity and social acceptance. As a result, they have gotten much better over the years. With this comes one of the best mobile and website user experiences of any dating site.

The technology behind harmony is also another reason to choose it. Their innovative algorithm, 29 Dimensions® helps determine who you will be most compatible with. Every user at the begging when setting up their account fills out an extensive survey. All of these questions have values and you select the one that best fits you. Eharmony then takes those values and matches them with others who are complementary. This drastically improves the chances of finding someone you actually care for when you compare harmony to a dating service like Tinder or Bumble.

All of this, of course, comes at a price because premium services often come with a premium price tag. This is both a drawback and a perk as unlike with free sites, paid sites filter out those who just wish to use it for entertainment purposes. The prices are listed below for your convenience

  • Standard Plan
    • 12 Months $17.95/mo
    • 6 Months $33.95/mo
    • 3 Months $59.95/mo
  • Premium plan
    • 12 Months $24.95/mo
    • 6 Months $44.95/mo
    • 3 Months $71.95/mo

However, there is a free trial period and a money back guarantees. before discounting the service before trying you should consider the question, how much is finding the one worth to you. In conclusion, if you are looking for a premium service with a focus on helping you find the one then this is the site for you

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The Dating Site Index by Garrett Conover - 2w ago
Match.com Review

Match.com is free to use with more functions available for purchase but the free version is actually not too bad. Similar to how to the free version of Tinder is good but paid functions ad more functionality but is not necessary.

If you are older than roughly 28 to pick a number, and not sure what you are looking for then this is a great option. However, if you are looking for something serious then we suggest eharmony and if you are looking for something a little more casual then we suggest Zoosk.

Pricing:

Benefits:

Match.com Guarantee:

Final Thoughts:

When compared to modern day sites like eharomony and Zoosk, Match feels dated. In short, it has gone out of fashion. It lacks the novelty and doesn’t have the same attraction that attracts the younger crowd. However, it shouldn’t be discounted if you are looking for potential matches from 28 to 50. It has a clean interface a a very friendly UI and is easy to navigate. Match has many redeeming characteristics mainly its competitive pricing, and like many sites out there it has a great user interface. Again if you are older than lets say mid 20s then this is a good option. Especially if you are not sure what you want in a relationship at this specific point in time. But if you have a clear vision of what you are looking for, then go check out our reviews on Zoosk and eharmony.

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The Dating Site Index by Garrett Conover - 2w ago
How To Talk To Girls

Talking to girls can be scary and confusing. However, it is always worth it to give it your best shot. You should look at it as having nothing to lose. This is because you don’t, and in reality, you have a lot to gain. At the very least meeting, new people is fun, and you can learn a lot, and if you like the girl, you have decided to spark up a conversation with then who knows where it may lead. This why you should learn to talk to girls and be comfortable doing so. This is how.

To start off confidence is vital. If you are new to talking to girls and striking up a conversation out of nowhere, then this may be difficult. However, you should remember that there is really nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain. To start off, you need to abandon your fear of rejection. Fear of rejection never really goes away, it is natural and ok to have it.

However, it is essential to control it and realize it is an irrational fear. As you talk to more and more girls, it becomes easier to accomplish this. Like with anything else in life you get better with consistent practice and analyzation of what you did right and what you did wrong.

1. First Impressions

As they say, you never get a second chance at a first impression. This is very much the case when talking or flirting with girls. They will always remember the first time you guys talked and your image as she sees you will still be primarily influenced by your first impression.

This is why it is import to come off as confident, but it is essential to understand that confidence isn’t the only thing that builds attraction. Authenticity and personability play a significant role in this as well. The truth is that humans, especially women are great at being able to tell if you are being your genuine self or if you’re being fake.

A balance of confidence and personability is vital when talking to girls. An excellent way to achieve this is by being confident but also coming across as a genuine person with a sense of humor. A very minimal amount of self-deprecating humor often helps accomplish this.

This works great because you won’t seem like the type of guy that takes themselves way too seriously. Life is too short not to laugh and have a good time.

2. Flirting

This ties into flirting with girls perfectly. It is important to remember that flirting is an art and not a science. It also takes a bit of intuition to be good at it. This is why detailed “playbooks” for talking or flirting with girls don’t work. General guidelines of what to do and what not to do are much more helpful and constructive.

Again be genuine, especially when complementing girls. Women know when you’re not being sincere so make sure you are. A great way to kick it off is by complementing shoes, outfit, hair, etc. They are great because everyone likes being compliments. It also displays interest which is essential and gets the message that you are into her without being aggressive or creepy.

As long as you are genuine and confident, this will work out well for you. One way to NOT kick off a conversation with a girl you have never met is by using a pickup line. They are played out, often unoriginal, and show a lack of creativity. They are also often objectifying. Unless you come at from the angel of a joke it most likely won’t work out as you would have hoped.

A much better way to approach this is by simply making eye contact once, and then on the second time, you make eye contact going up and saying hello and introducing yourself like you already know her. This may work out but it also may not, but I can assure you it will give you a much better chance of success than a pickup line.

However, pickup lines aren’t all bad. After you have gotten to know each other a little bit something to the effect of a pickup line is great because it can be funny and show interest in a slightly more sexual manner.

Once you have gotten past introducing yourselves, you can actually have a conversation. When talking to people and girls, in particular, no one likes to feel like they are being talked at and not to. It is annoying and signals that you have more interest in yourself than in her.

As an alternative share a little about yourself but also ask some questions. People like to talk about themselves and share their experiences. Embrace it and engage them. The point is to connect with them and build repour and with that comes trust.

Now, this is a great way to talk to a girl and get to know her but not necessarily a great way to flirt on its own. If you want to flirt you need to communicate a sexual interest subtly. Now there is a very fine line you need to walk on this one. Too little and she won’t get it and even just a little too much, and you will look like a thirsty douche bag. Like I said after you get to know the girl a little a tasteful pickup line can be great. A great way to do this is to say “Favorite pickup line, go.” This one works great because it makes her think and keeps her engaged and you don’t have to worry about going too far with it.

It is important to remember that everything is situational and there is no perfect method or plan. Whenever you flirt with someone take this into account and make sure you are allowing yourself to go with the flow and not get caught up in the details.

3. Body language

Whether you are flirting with a girl or just talking to anyone body language can convey a lot. This is important because humans will trust what they see in body language more than what the person says.

For example, what not to do is sit or stand slouched. This look lacks confidence and will make you look small. Also, do not keep your hands in your pockets. It seems weird, and we are not biologically wired to trust people who hide their hands.

Now that we have talked about what not to do we can talk about what to do. Essentially it is just the opposite of what is bad behavior. The first is to stand up straight and be confident. It will feel weird but don’t worry about it, it is the natural position your body wants to be in. The second is keeping your hands out of your pockets. This looks weird and as I said before it makes it harder for people to trust you.

This ties in with how you should hold your drink if you are holding one. What you shouldn’t do is hold it up by your chest. If you aren’t taking a sip, then keep it closer to the bottom of your rib cage. It’s a more natural and relaxed position and doesn’t make you look tense, defensive, or uncomfortable.

4. How to use this IRL

In the end, talking to girls can be tough and intimidating. However, like with anything else it takes time and practice. Keep in mind that you will mess up and no trick or tactic will turn you into the perfect flirt. Don’t take every word I say as gospel but try and take it and apply it to your interactions and see what works and what doesn’t, this is how you get better at it. Another thing to think about is not being outcome-oriented, and instead, process-oriented. This will allow you to learn from both your mistakes and your successes.

Good luck!

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How to use Tinder

How to use Tinder the right way…

Online dating has become the norm in society nowadays. This means more and more people use it. In fact its almost weird to have not tried online dating with Tinder, Bumble, or Hinge. Tinder is a fantastic app, despite its drawbacks and quirks. The fact of the matter is that dating through Tinder allows you to filter through hundreds or even thousands of women to find what you are looking for. If you are a guy looking to meet as many women as possible Tinder is the app for you. In essence, using Tinder is like being in a bar full of women, except you don’t actually have to go out. Tinder is excellent for short term relationships and hookups. Although there are stories of people finding their soulmate on Tinder, it is an exception and not the rule. Here is how you get the most out of dating on Tinder and it all starts with your Profile.

The Profile

The issue with most dudes profiles is that they brag too much or not at all. You want to show that you are a real person who is smart, has a sense of humor, and has an interesting life. Uploading at least one preferably two good photos where girls can see your face.

If you are outdoorsy or athletic, then you definitely want to add that as part of your Tinder profile. If you really like surfing then post a good photo of that. Whatever it may be, don’t post more than one for each activity. Another thing to do is post pictures of yourself with friends just make sure that possible matches can easily see who you are. This helps because it shows you have friends and gives social context.

In essence, what you are trying to achieve when crafting your Tinder profile is showing that you have a life, are an interesting person, and not a total creep or douchebag. For this reason, don’t be the guy to use half naked mirror selfies, photos of your guns or car. To girls, this signals insecurity. It is a low-class move that should be avoided.

If you do this, I guarantee you will have more matches than before. This is because the process of matching with a girl Tinder is purely visual.

How to message girls once you match with them…

When it comes to messaging matches there is a lot of misinformation out there. The reality of the Tinder game is that women get considerably more matches than men. Women on Tinder are overwhelmed with choices meaning you need to set yourself apart. Sadly even if they are interested in you, it is hard to keep track. This means you have to stand out and in a good way and be night and day different than the other guys she is talking to.

The good news is that most men are lazy and just say “hey.” The reality is this gets you nowhere. You need to take time and actually write girls a solid paragraph that sets you apart. For example, if she loves dogs and going on walks with them try something along the lines of “Hey, how are you? I see you love dogs. I do too I actually volunteered at [insert animal shelter] etc. etc.”. Then also add in some stuff about other parts of her profile.

By taking the lead and opening up, you give her a platform to open up and write lots of stuff back. They make for a much more genuine exchange and will set up miles ahead of the rest of the field. It is not that hard; it just takes time.

If you do these things I promise you, you’ll see results. Get good photos and curate them and send girls interesting and entertaining messages. There is no script because they don’t work. You have to figure it out and see what works for you. As they say, give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. Best of luck to you all.

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4 Steps To Successfully Sliding Into Instagram DMs

With all the memes and pop culture references surrounding DMs (Direct Messages), some of you may be wondering, how do you slide into a crush’s DM? Well, I am here to show you how. Instagram is by far the most popular place for this, but everything that is discussed here can be applied to Tinder, Snapchat, and Twitter.

1. The Opener

You cannot go wrong with referencing a photo of theirs. Much like the first message on Tinder, there is no reason not to mention a recent photo of theirs. Keep in mind people love talking about themselves and Instagram is just another place for people to do just that. The best way to go about this, in my opinion, is to find a good photo of them on their account and send it to them with a compliment. Puns puns puns there is nothing that takes the edge off like a stupid pun. No one likes a person who takes themselves to seriously. Make it a point not to be this person. This helps show that you’re a reasonable person with a sense of humor who can have a good time.

2. Building Repour

Ask questions. Take a little time to get to know the person. If you they have a photo of a fun vacation ask them about that. However, keep it casual as you never want to grill someone like it is a job interview, or they have just been arrested.

3. Get Their Number

Once you have built, repour and become comfortable with one another ask them for their number. When doing this you have two options you can be forward and just say “hey, can I get your number” or you can play games and say you “I don’t have notifications turned on for IG could I get your number?” 9 times out of 10 if they give you their number with this line they would have given it to you if you had just had been forward. I would suggest just asking like a reasonable person and being yourself. This brings me to my 4th and final point.

4. Be Yourself

Nothing is more unattractive than an unauthentic person. Make it a point to be yourself. This is especially important if you plan on actually meeting up with this person in the future. You don’t want to seem like one person via DMs and another person in real life. This will automatically make people suspicious, and it will be hard to build trust.

 

Conclusion

Much of our social interaction now takes place on the internet via Instagram, Snapchat, and Tinder. If you want to meet new people and go on dates, then embrace the internet and use it make your life more fun and exciting. Like I said these tips can also be applied to Tinder and Snapchat if you choose to.

 

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Bumble has come along way since its initial release in December 2014, almost four years ago. Updates have debugged the user interface, and the app has become a joy to use. However, there is a far better alternative. In September 2017 Hinge was released. Because it was relatively new, it was able to really benefit from watching Tinder, Bumble, and other swipe apps make mistakes. This resulted in one of the better dating apps to be developed. Here is why you should use Hinge instead of Bumble, even if you aren’t looking for something too serious.

1. Filters that work

Unlike with apps like Tinder and Bumble who’s only filters are age, gender, and distance from you. Hinge Allows you to filter by Height, ethnicity, religion, education, drinking, smoking, weed. Along with drugs and a few more that I couldn’t fit in.

This feature of granular filter options bring the functionality of a desktop dating site to a mobile platform. This means that it is far more convenient, you can check the app at work, on a lunch break, or during your commute. Suffice it to say, if you’re looking something specific in a date, Hinge delivers.

 

2. Quality of matches

Yes, there may be more people on Bumble but does that matter if only 20% are appealing whereas on Hinge the percentage may be 60%. Too many men want to know how big a pond they are in when what they should ask is how nice is the pond. Hinge provides exciting people with a personality, that can engage in a conversation. As a result, the interactions are far better. This applies both on the app and in person. Hinge is about as close to having a real conversation with a stranger on your phone without video calling them. If you are looking for quality matches and minimizing flakes or bad dates this an excellent option, it is hard to do better.

3. Hinge is slower but that’s a good thing!

When critiqued many people say it’s slow when going through likes and matches. This isn’t really a bad thing though as there is no ELO function built into the back end of the app that either puts you lower in the deck or shadowbans you. In essence, Hinge isn’t secretly rating or banning you. The result is a better experience with far more exciting and attractive matches.

 

 

4. Showcasing your individuality

Unlike with other dating apps Hinge has been built to help you, the user showcase your individuality. When you sign up, you are prompted with preferences, and then you move onto answering 3 prompts. There is a wide variety to choose from, and so there is no issue with finding one that fits your personality. This helps you better display yourself, the things you do, and character. This is part of what makes matches of a higher quality than Bumble. The responses also serve as parts of your profile that people can like and if you like them back then it’s a match. In short, Hinge does a fantastic job of allowing you to showcase who you are.

5. No bots

Unlike Bumble and even worse Tinder, there are no bots to really speak of. Although Bumble has taken steps to get rid of bots they still exist and really take away from the experience of the app. WIth Hinge there aren’t bots the setup process is too complicated and the way that matching works on Hinge are not easy tasks for a bot unlike swiping. Moreover, the volume of users the bot could reach isn’t efficient. This is good for us because it means the experience of using Hinge and finding quality singles is that much easier.

Hinge is not perfect, but it does a damn good job of being better than the competition. It isn’t a hookup site but if you’re looking for an app that can give you a fun time and help you meet people you may not have met otherwise then this is the one for you. It is hard to tell which direction Hinge will go as they are planning to integrate their “We Met” feature which lets you say whether or not your date flaked and if you’d meet with them again. However, in the meantime, you can have a short fling or a long term relationship, it is up to you. Hinge is free with in-app purchases like every other dating app out there but what other apps will not give you are results and a good time.

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Swiping Apps VS. Old Sites

Whether you recently got out of a relationship or you decided to find love on the internet there are some decisions to make when choosing which dating sites or apps to use. There are so many online dating services out there that it can become overwhelming to choose which one is best for you and what you’re looking for. This article aims to help give you the best options. We will go from addressing the apps with the least potential for serious relationships to the ones with the most potential for finding serious ones. We will also give a rating for each based on the usability of the app or site and quality of interactions.

Tinder

Rating: B

Pricing: Free, with optional in app purchases

Everyone has heard of Tinder. It has become a staple in pop culture with its pioneering of the swiping system and growth in popularity of the hookup scene. While it has gotten long in the tooth and lost its initial novelty, Tinder should not be taken for granted as it is still a viable app. Especially for finding single people who aren’t looking for something serious in a relationship. Also, one thing should not be disregarded is that Tinder allows you to meet people who you may not have met had you not found them through Tinder. This offers a unique experience, granted it is not exclusive to just Tinder, in fact, all dating apps offer this, but it is still a plus. We would suggest using tinder if you recently got out of a relationship and aren’t looking for something serious just yet. In general, this is a fantastic app that serves those who aren’t looking for a serious relationship. While there are stories of people meeting their husbands and wives on Tinder it is important to remember that those cases are the exceptions that prove the rule.

Plenty Of Fish

Rating: C

Pricing: Free, with optional in app purchases

While Plenty Of Fish is certainly interesting with its departure from the swiping motion in its interface. It is also one of the most popular dating apps internationally, right behind Tinder. Another interesting fact about Plenty Of Fish is that it boasts the highest engagement out of any app. However, the one glaring issue is that if someone gets messaged a lot on Plenty of Fish then they become what they call “a catch” essentially this means that they are a high priority and unless you are an upgraded user you can’t message them. Because it is very hard to stand out from the crowd purchasing a membership is hard to justify whereas doing so on a site like Tinder is. In essence, if you don’t pay then you can’t play. This is a real shame because it is a great app that is different from the rest. However, all this being said it is possible to have a good time on the app and seeing as how it is free there is no real harm in trying it out. Plenty Of Fish falls into the same category when it comes to the seriousness of relationships. This is an app for people who aren’t looking for anything serious.

Bumble

Rating: B+

Pricing: Free with in app purchases

Created by one of the co-founders of Tinder who left the company back in May of 2014, Bumble is interesting it takes the same swiping mechanic that Tinder has and puts a spin on it. When two people match on Bumble the women is the first to message. After that, the man has 24hrs to respond and if they don’t the match expires and you never get the opportunity to match again. Bumble has improved a lot over the years. It has become more polished and popular. This means that there are more singles to match with and a greater chance of getting a date. If your not looking for something not too serious in a relationship but that still has more substance to it than you would find on Tinder than this is a great option.

Hinge

Rating: A

Pricing: Free with in app purchases

For those looking to really find a compatible date, this app is the one! It really does have a lot of great features that help you find people who you are compatible. When logging on Hinge has you fill out a lot of questions like your body type, your beliefs, and your vices. On top of that Hinge have you respond to a total of three prompts that help singles on the app get a better feel for who you are. If you want to match and have a date with singles who share the same views and has a similar personality to yours then this is the app for you. No need to read further.

 

The Old Dating Sites

Mobile dating apps are convenient to use and intuitive. This is part of what makes them so great, they are new and exciting and have endless possibilities. However, tradition dating sites that have their roots on a desktop like Eharmony and Match.com. One thing to keep in mind is that these sites do in fact have mobile apps so with these apps you aren’t necessarily missing out on the convenience of the new swipe apps but you will find a different crowd, mostly older, looking for a more serious relationship.

Match.com

Rating: B-

Price:  

  • 3 months @ 24.99/month
  • 6 months @ 21.99/month
  • 12 months @ 11.99/month

Match.com is probably one of the most recognizable dating platforms on the internet, next to Tinder. Both Match.com’s desktop web app and its mobile counterpart are great platforms offer many functions like filters for age, height, lifestyle, religion and other preferences. Moreover, the mobile app has a great user experience which makes it usable and fun! One thing to keep in mind is that this does cater to the older crowd and not so much the younger crowd that can be found on Tinder, Bumble, or Hinge. One major drawback is the price Our suggestion is that if you are younger than at least 25 this is not the app for you. The majority of the user base is later 20s and up then this may not be the app for you.

Eharmony

Rating: A

Pricing:

Standard Plan

  • 12 Months $17.95/mo
  • 6 Months $33.95/mo
  • 3 Months $59.95/mo

Premium plan

  • 12 Months $24.95/mo
  • 6 Months $44.95/mo
  • 3 Months $71.95/mo

 

Eharmony is meant for those looking for a relationship that will last a lifetime. If that is what you are looking for then this the right platform for you. Eharmony also has a very large user base meaning it isn’t hard to find people who are both compatible and near you. eHarmony has 15,500,000 members, 47% men and 53% women. Concerning age range, the members fall into the following demographics: 18 to 24 – 30%, 25 to 34 – 18%, 35 to 44 – 20%, 45 to 54 – 18%, and Over 55 – 14%. However, it doesn’t come cheap with as it is by far the most expensive service on our list. This being said though if you are looking for a serious relationship this is the one site that will guarantee it.

 

The world of online dating can be tricky to navigate with there being so many options. However, these are the only ones you really need to be worried about. Based on what you are looking for one of these six dating apps or sites will do perfectly. If you are price conscious but are looking for Hinge, if you want a quick date then go with Tinder, and if money is no object and you want something serious, give Eharmony a try. We wish you the best of luck out there!

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The Alternatives To Tinder

In the golden days of Tinder, it was a fantastic app. However, it hasn’t aged well with its novelty wearing off and it becoming overpopulated with bots and cam show scams. With staying in becoming the new going out a healthy amount of dating apps have surfaced and now, more than ever there are great alternatives to finding singles without searching through a sea of bots. I would like to talk about some of the alternatives to tinder and help point you in the right direction of some fantastic apps.

The Free Apps

Bumble

When it comes to free apps Bumble is a fantastic option. Matches of both genders tend to be of higher quality and there are far fewer bots. I wouldn’t let the ladies act first turn you down if you are a guy. In fact, it’s nice because it takes a lot of the pressure off of the interaction because you don’t need to be creative right off the bat with a girl who might not care to get to know you. If they engage with you then it is obvious they are interested so you can focus on making the interaction smooth and fun for the both of you. If you are a woman this is a fun way to mix things up and take the lead. For both parties, this is a fantastic app that attracts higher quality people.

Plenty of Fish

Another free app that serves as a good alternative to Tinder is Plenty of Fish, it is a solid and presents possible matches in card form instead of the classic swiping function that is so popular today. However, one glaring issue is that if someone gets messaged a lot on Plenty of Fish then they become what PoF calls “a catch”. Essentially this means that they are a high priority and unless you are an upgraded suer you can’t message them. So, if don’t pay then you can’t play. This is a real shame because it is a great app that is different from the rest of the swiping apps.  

Hinge

If a meaningful relationship with a compatible partner is what you’re looking for then look no further than Hinge. Of all the free apps out there, Hinge is one of the best. It is clean, simple, and easy to use. There are for all intense and purposes no bots and the way like and matches are structured help you really get to know someone before you even meet and talk to them in person. To like someone you have to comment on an answer to a question prompted by the app or on one of their 6 photos

The innovation that Hinge has put forward in the dating space is something unique. It doesn’t get old and it is certainly not a gimmick. If you are looking to find someone special in 2019 this is the app for you.

 

 

The Paid Apps

 

Match.com

Paid apps should not be left out. While you may have to pay for them they have their redeeming aspects. Match.com has a large user base and shows singles near you in the same card format similar to Plenty of Fish but in a more user-friendly fashion with a slicker user interface and an overall more enjoyable user experience. One thing to also note is that because this isnt a free app singles are on it to meet someone and not just to mess around and see whats out there like many Tinder users do. One thing to mention is that the Match.com crowd tends towards the older side so if you are looking for singles and looking for someone under roughly the age of 25 then this may not be for you.



Hilly

Hilly is technically a free app but its free version is so limited that it almost is unusable and to make it at all worth your while you really do need to pay. Luckily they do have a free 7 day trial period so you can try it out and see if it works for you without putting down any hard earned money.

It is nothing special as it does mimic Tinder with the only real difference being that you have filters to help narrow the field when it comes to things such as ethnicity, body type, and religion.

Hilly is not free but by the same token it is the cheapest of the paid apps that we would recommend with it being 45% cheaper than Match.com

 

Clover   

Clover is also free but runs into the same problem that Hilly has which is that the features that are available for the free version are so sparse and useless that if you aren’t trying to spend money then you might as well opt for Bumble or Hinge. It also isn’t cheap being only $3 cheaper than Match.com with a price of $40 per month. With Clover being such a niche site with no real edge to differentiate itself it is hard to recommend this but we still did because to some people it may still have appeal and value to them and we didn’t want to disregard that.  

 

Meeting Someone I Real Life

While dating apps have paved the way for meeting singles you wouldn’t have met otherwise it is still important to realize that they aren’t the only way to meet single people. Coffee shops while cliche is often underrated for spontaneously meeting someone new. There is also value in meeting someone who is enjoying the same hobby as you. Social hobbies such as rock climbing are great places to meet singles as the two of you immediately have a commonality. Dating does take a little bit of creativity so be creative and put yourself out there and find someone new. The risk-reward of putting yourself out there is always in your favor so be creative and get out there.

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The Dating Site Index by Garrett Conover - 3w ago

Hinge Was released in September of 2017. It was trying to fill the gap between Tinder’s super fast paced instant gratification model and Eharmony’s old-timey feel. Its target audience is that of the younger crowd who are searching for a more meaningful relationship than you would find on Tinder but without falling back on Match.com and Eharmony which are old and boring. It should be noted that hinge takes a much bigger investment in ones time than say Tinder or Bumble. However, if that is what you’re looking for then enjoy full guide for Hinge going into 2019.

Setting up a profile

You Can begin by downloading it from the App Store or Google Play Store. Once you have downloaded the app you can begin setting up a profile. The easiest way is to hit continue with Facebook as it will pre-fill name, age, hometown, and photos. However, you can use your phone number instead.

Once you have registered your profile you then need to fill it out. It starts with your location. You can either set it to where you want or simply click on “go to current location”. After that, you add your gender and which gender you are searching for or both. You then fill out height, ethnicity and whether you have kids and whether you want them. This concludes the “my vitals” section. After that comes “my virtues” and then “my vices. The “my virtues” section consists of your work, education, religious beliefs, hometown, and political standing.

After filling out these fields you then can add photos to your profile. Hinge requires you add all six photos/videos slots in order to interact with other singles on Hinge. One thing that is new and interesting about Hinge is that there is no bio. Instead, you give written responses to a number of prompts. It only requires three and there are more than enough to choose from. This is what sets Hinge apart from other dating apps like Tinder and Bumble. Hinge Profiles inherently have more depth and more accurately reflect an individuals personality.

It should be said that when setting up a profile you should really give it your best shot. Authenticity is important and with an app like Hinge, it is even more important because the premise is authentic, meaningful, and worthwhile relationships. Make sure to honestly answer the prompts, connect your Instagram, and choose the best photos you have of yourself. If you don’t have good photos go on an adventure with a friend and get some. Remember, your dating profile is your first impression and you only get one shot at a first impression.

 

How to use Hinge

Once your profile has been completely set up you can go ahead and start searching for singles and interacting with them. Unlike with Tinder or Bumble Hinge displays profiles vertically where images and text are shown and alternate, between profile photos and text responses to prompts. The whole process of saying yes or no to someone is much slower as once you have decided yes, you like this person, you have to comment on either a photo or texts response to a prompt in order to actually have a chance at matching with them.

Hinge Prefered Membership

 

Like with any dating app there is a free version and there is also a paid version offering more features, likes, and functionality.  With Hinge Prefered Membership you get…

 

  • Unlimited likes
  • You also get to see everyone who likes you. Whereas with the free version you can only see one possible match at a time

 

 

  • Set advanced preferences such as political views, ethnicity, vices, education, etc.

 

  • Get access to experts who can answer your every question such as first date ideas changes to your profile to be more successful

 

 

While these features are great it should be said that out of all the free versions of dating apps Hinge’s is by far the best. With no ads and a great set of features for free, there really is no need to upgrade unless you are looking for a relationship based off very specific qualities or you are the type of person constantly running out of likes.



Canceling Your Preferred Membership

On your iPhone:
1. Go to Settings > iTunes & App Store.
2. Tap your Apple ID at the top of the screen.
3. Tap View Apple ID. You might need to sign in or use Touch ID.
4.Tap Subscriptions.
5. Tap the subscription that you want to manage.
6. Tap Cancel Subscription to cancel your subscription.

On your Android phone:
1. Open the Google Play Store.
2. Tap Menu.
3. Tap Account.
4. Tap Subscriptions.
5. Find the subscription you want to cancel.
6. Tap Cancel.



Final Thoughts

Hinge is a fantastic dating app, all things considered, it is bug-free and has a slick interface that is no-nonsense. It is great for finding long-lasting relationships with people who are compatible. The developer themselves even say this app is meant to be deleted meaning that it is used to find a meaningful and fulling relationship and then deleted. This doesn’t mean that you will be automatically successful however it does set you up for success.

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The Dating Site Index by Garrett Conover - 3w ago

Since its release in 2013 Tinder has grown in popularity at an exponential rate. It was truly the first of its kind, pioneering the swiping feature that is now used by many other dating apps. It became a fixture in pop culture almost overnight and grew its user base to be adopted globally. However, like with any service based on novelty, it has grown old and lost its initial appeal. In essence, Tinder has peaked not in terms of financials but in terms of social relevance. Here is the nitty-gritty of why.

The math behind getting a match isn’t there. with the massive popularity of the app, it means that you have to sift through a large mess of inactive accounts and bots to find singles you are actually interested in. After spending an hour or two throughout the day you only actually match with a few of the singles you are interested. After that, you then get only a fraction of that fraction will respond, and even fewer will actually text back and forth. Furthermore, only a fraction of those you actually talked with will agree to meet for a date. Here is a graphic displaying the reality of how Tinder interactions break down

 

For your average individual this simply doesn’t make sense, a job, the gym, and life in general gets in the way. When Tinder was young it was an efficient, fun, and easy way to find singles you normally wouldn’t meet otherwise. This is an amazing concept and certainly part of why Tinder has grown as much as it has. However, it has changed a lot and become bloated with inactive accounts and bots, as well as people who aren’t serious but just want to see what it’s all about.

As time has gone on Tinder has lost its viability, it has grown too big and is bloated for its own good. There are newer apps like Hinge that offer a far better experience than Tinder does. It caters to those looking for a match with a single who is compatible with them. Its functionality is much better and it is still small so you won’t find bots and the number of inactive accounts is much lower.  

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