(WTNH) — In a world where digital presence is dominating through the use of social media, online is the place to also find love. More than half of U.S. singles have tried online dating or dating apps. In 2017, the internet was the #1 place where singles met for their first date. One in five relationships now start with online dating. News 8’s Director of Audience Development, Vanessa Wojtusiak, breaks down some options for finding love online.
There are many apps and websites that offer matchmaking, each has different features that various people may find more interesting or helpful. Many of these are algorithm-based, meaning that profiles and interactions are helped along through customized preferences and interests that actually match a personality. These apps range from free to a monthly or yearly subscription with a variety of features available depending on the app.
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Match.com is one of the oldest dating websites and apps which was founded in 1993. The user can create a profile and get daily matches that show percentage scores to look at possible relationship compatibility. There are search tools to help refine the type of person that the user seeks out and then the ability to message and learn more about the person. This choice is subscription-based, starting at $21.99 a month, but there are various membership options for a month to a year and in-between depending on budget. Match.com also offers trials of the service.
Coffee Meets Bagel has an interesting name where the founders of the app are three sisters. They made a mark on ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’ by turning down Mark Cuban’s $30 million offer. Women have control in this app and are only surfaced profiles that men have already expressed interest in. The men receive 21 potential matches, known as “bagels” per day and can either like or pass on them. There’s no need to swipe on this app. A video section was introduced for people to answer a question of the day for the ability to see mannerisms of a person. This app is free, however do offer have a premium version for $35.00 a month which allows access into additional features like seeing read receipts or user app activity.
Bumble says that 37% more of their matches happen on Valentine’s Day and over 500,000 new users signed up ahead of the holiday in 2017. This is an app where women make the first move, swiping right, which means you like them, or left, which eliminates the person as a possibility, on a profile and then are given 24-hours to message that potential match while the man also receives 24-hours to respond. In addition to dating, there is a standalone app for finding friends called Bumble BFF and also one for career networking. This app is also free, however, has some features that can be unlocked with a fee.
If you’ve made your relationship “Facebook Official”, the platform has also released a special ability to choose colors, emojis and a nickname in Facebook Messenger for interactions with individuals who have listed their relationship status on the social network. This special integration will allow messages from your loved one to rain hearts across your screen to make those conversations burst with love.