Five Other Great Dating Apps

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For when you’re tired of swiping on Tinder, we’ve found some alternatives.

Bumble

Pretty much Tinder, but the difference is that only women can send the first message. Great for removing the glut of inappropriate messages and unsolicited dick pics from the inbox of every female user, plus from a male perspective, you know all your matches are genuinely interested in talking to you because they’re the ones in the all-powerful position of ‘queen bee’.

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Hinge

Another Tinder clone, except your matches ‘hinge’ (get it?) on mutual Facebook friends, cutting out all the junk matches with people you’d never hang out with in real life, as well as encouraging better conversation through peer pressure . . . unless you want her messaging your mutual friends saying, ‘Um, yeah, your mate sent me this cock shot’. The downside of this ‘no randoms’ policy is that it limits your pool of potential matches.

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OkCupid

The huge database of users keeps the app fresh, and the comprehensive profile and personality quizzes — which generate a compatibility percentage with potential matches — keeps things a little more serious than brainlessly swiping through Tinder profiles. We’re not sold on its new ‘Quickmatch Flavours’ feature, though, where you can categorise yourself into groups — especially given the most popular community is titled, no joke, the ‘Kinky Nerds’.

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Coffee Meets Bagel

If you’re suffering RSI after years of swiping, this app is a godsend. CMB gives you just one match — nicknamed a ‘bagel’ — every day, based on mutual interests, mutual Facebook friends, and a mutual trust in some murky mathematical algorithm, and you’ve got 24 hours to strike up a conversation before you move onto the next person. It hasn’t taken off in Australia yet but the quality-over-quantity idea has legs.

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Happn

Easily the most stalkerish of the bunch, by letting you know who you’ve crossed paths with during the day and exactly how close you came to them. The idea is that the real-time, real-life interactions reduce the chance that the glamour you’re messaging is a 50-year-old bloke living in a cloud of Dorito dust in his mother’s basement, but is tracing a web of nearby women any less creepy? To be fair, the app’s functionality makes sure you never receive a message from anyone you haven’t actually ‘liked’, so you’re unlikely to end up grabbing a drink with Ivan Milat

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