5. Mixxxer

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This technology is designed more for the horny college student than the lonely-hearted seeking a lifelong relationship—simply swipe left or right to determine your interest in nearby prospects. But is dating à la carte a good thing?
Swipe, pass judgment, see who likes you and see if anyone likes you back. It’s become a game. And making that game mobile changed the landscape. It adds convenience with a dash of fun. Using apps to “date” is certifiably a pop culture hit. And according to a new Nielson report adults are accessing the Internet through their phones more now than ever before.

4. Pure

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Pure sets itself apart from other casual sex apps by taking the tedious flirting and messaging out of casual hook-ups. And unlike Craigslist and other sketchy corners of the Internet, Pure ensures a safe, consensual environment to peruse for your next partner.
Dubbed “Uber for dates,” Pure’s goal is to provide its members with instant gratification — as soon as you submit your request, matches in your area will begin showing up in a matter of seconds. With each match, you’re invited to click “yes” or “no way,” and if it’s a mutual attraction, the messaging option will be enabled for you to set a meeting point for your date. Pure encourages real life meet ups, rather than lingering on the app — this is how they promote their adventurous, spontaneous hook-up ideology.

3. Bumble

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Bumble aims to make the online dating-sphere an equal playing field for both men and women. Women often feel uncomfortable on male-centric dating platforms, however, what makes Bumble unique is its female-first initiative. After two users match by mutual right-swipe, in order to start conversing, the woman must reach out to the male. If she does not initiate conversation in 24 hours, the match will disappear.

While this is a unique and useful initiative, it creates a very different dynamic that not all users will be comfortable with. While men take the backseat, women are then responsible for coming up with a catchy opening, in hopes of their matches replying. This helps eliminate the overwhelming sensation that women often feel when bombarded with unwanted X-rated messages while also attracting a different crowd. Essentially, Bumble aims to be the intellectual’s Tinder, however while putting women in the driver’s seat, it also makes it seem more matriarchal than feminist.

2. The Grade

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Cliff Lerner is the creator of a dating app called The Grade, which launched last year with the goal of creating a space that was free of creeps, and therefore more hospitable to women.

In its first iteration, The Grade relied on an algorithm to weed out the worst people on the app, and garnered more than 100,000 downloads.

Lerner admits using an algorithm was probably too broad of a brush, and he says user feedback, mostly from women on the app, led his team to the idea of letting people dictate the rating – not machines.

The thinking is that combing through a dating app to leave one bad “Yes/no” user review on your ex doesn’t seem particularly fun, even for the most vindictive among us.

Part of this may be his own fault, with a name like “The Grade,” and literally a grading system for humans, a bit of elitism feels implied.

Someone has to deal with the fact that dating apps often devolve into an intensely hostile place for women, he says.

1. Tinder

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Everyone knows about Tinder, and it comes as no surprise that the king of swipe still reigns supreme as the best way to meet local girls.

There are Tinder trends you can follow, too: a recent analysis of 12,000 profile photos of both men and women showed that 72% of them wore neutral colours in their pictures, as opposed to eye-catching bright colours or a garish print, with the colour black overwhelmingly popular for people’s chosen outfits.

The latest one involves being messaged by what seems like a match, who’ll then ask you if you’re verified on Tinder, and tell you that in order to be verified you just need to click a link and enter a code.

Tinder updates: Tinder is always being updated and improved and one of the big updates in 2016 came in June, when Tinder announced that it will only be available to those over 18-years-old.

In lighter news though, earlier this year it was revealed that a small pool of lucky Tinder users in Australia could try out Tinder Social – a new feature that allows you and your friends to create a groups and set up group dates.