2018 is fast approaching and we’re taking a look back at the biggest dating trends of 2017. Were you lucky enough to find love this year, or are you just getting back into the dating scene? Either way, you’ve probably signed up for at least one dating app. Wondering which one’s right for you? We have you covered. Learn more about the best dating apps of 2017 so you can be one step closer to meeting that special someone.
Unsurprisingly, Tinder still reigns supreme as the number one dating app. After all, it invented the “swipe right” feature that is now standard in so many other apps. While Tinder is (infamously) known for hookups, users can also use it to find a long-term relationship partner. In fact, countless successful relationships and marriages started on Tinder.
Bumble’s format is similar to Tinder’s, but it’s specifically designed to reduce harassment. When two people of the opposite sex are matched, it’s up to the woman to send the first message. This means they receive a lot less unsolicited, inappropriate pictures in their inbox from men, compared to some other apps. Plus, Bumble has a BFF feature, which allows users to match with other people of the same sex who are also looking for new friends.
OKCupid reached the peak of its popularity a few years ago, and it still ranks pretty high on our list of the best dating apps of 2017. What makes it unique is that while other apps tend to rely more on photos and physical attraction, OKCupid allows its users to fully express themselves on their profiles. It relies on quizzes and surveys, which is great for people who are looking for someone they can really click with, especially if they’re a little quirky.
4. Coffee Meets Bagel
Like Bumble, Coffee Meets Bagel puts women in the driver’s seat. Each day, the app sends one potential match out to women, who have the final say on whether they’re interested or not. It’s also great for people who feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of people and matches on other apps. Coffee Meets Bagel is more focused on quality, not quantity.
Match.com is aimed at singles of all ages, but you can easily match with your peers on there. Whether you want something casual or serious, you can find it on Match.com. While many of the other apps on this list are free (or free with limited features), Match.com offers a somewhat restrictive free trial. For example, you can’t message other users unless you pay for a monthly subscription. But, hundreds and hundreds of people have found love on Match.com and found its paid subscriptions to be worthwhile.
Niche Dating Apps
While these are the definitive best dating apps of 2017, there are plenty of other great ones for all different kinds of niches. One example is Tastebuds, which connects people who have similar tastes in music. In addition, some dating apps, like Hinge and Happn, match you with other people based on your Facebook friends list or your GPS location, respectively. Just browse through the Apple or Google Play App Store to try out one of these apps for yourself.
Online dating can be fun and exciting, but you need to protect yourself, too. People on the Internet aren’t always who they say they are. So, remember to do some investigative work and do a reverse lookup on your online date before you meet them. Better safe than sorry! Plus, many of the best dating apps of 2017 require a Facebook account to register as a new user, which weeds out some of the liars and scammers. Keep an open mind and give one of these apps a try – maybe you’ll find a new love for the new year.
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