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Following the success of Tinder, there’s a new boom in dating apps – but the good news is they’re not all about booty calls and well-filtered selfies.
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A casual swipe to the left or right may have come to define the Australian dating scene, but for most of the world’s singles who are ready to mingle it is about much more.There’s transparency.“People treat each other like they do in real life.Swiping through a smorgasbord of faces and clicking ‘like’ or ‘pass’ pretty much distills this type of online dating down to one thing: looks. Downsides It’s fairly new so there aren’t heaps of matches on there.Apparently, this was what Forrest Gump was talking about all along. Pick up line: no such thing – you have to talk first. Bonus if it’s got a pun name and doesn’t play sports on the TV. Worst part: when you go all out with a witty opener and…nothing…Ah, Happn. And ghosting is more problematic, as you’ve got a few mutual pals to hit up all ‘WTF did he go? So it brings a little more seriousness to the whole app game. First date: probably [insert mutual friend here]’s birthday party. Best part: with only a match a day, you’re not overwhelmed and have a better chance of finding someone who is really a great pairing. But, more often than not, it’s just a bunch of peeps DTF. Here you’ll mostly find stand up blokes that have more common sense when it comes to image choice. The app that is so stalkery you have no idea you’re actually passing the same guy every single day until it’s pointed out to you and then you try to avoid him at all costs. Worst part: there is no easy way out if you’re Just Not Feeling It. He could be ‘the guy with the tiger’, or ‘the CEO’. Worst part: YOU CANNOT AVOID THEM EVER/THEY LITERALLY KNOW WHERE YOU LIVEApparently the dating app for the ‘educated’ you can imagine the kind of guy that uses this one. He probably also has an essay for a profile description. the caption saying ‘NOT MY KID’ Pick up line: ‘How many children do you want? Worst part: If you’re not necessarily looking to settle down, you just want a nice guy who isn’t just DTF, you’re going to be married within the month. This is where lumbersexuals come to show off their wares and wank over Ron Swanson. It’s a mish mash of men and basically a box of chocolates…you never know what you’re going to get. Recognised by: depends on your area; ranges from fedora to hipster beard to suit to tradie fluro. The guys you come across are more than happy to toot their horn about how they’re not like the Tinder guys – they’re serious about ‘getting to know you’. Pick up line: So, how do you know [insert friend here]? We explore the latest apps on the market that’ll get you a date this weekend…Willow, whose motto is ‘Branch Out’, works a little like Tinder – you ‘find’ other users in your area, and connect with them.Rather than swiping left or right based on looks, Willow lets you start a conversation with the other user by posing them three questions.Yes, there are Tinder marriages and babies and whatever…but, come on…it’s Tinder. The point of difference is that gals have to go out on a limb and make the first move here, which can be nice, but it can also be soul-destroying. But beware, with picture perfection comes some heightened egos. Or there’s the OTHER side of the deal, where you become the stalker and walk up and down the same street over and over again in the hopes of spotting the same guy. Best part: there’s peace of mind in knowing the guys are a little more mature about the whole app process, and if they’re not, well, you’ve got at least one friend of his to bitch to. Known as ‘the feminist Tinder’, Bumble has less of the riff raff that lurks around the annals of Tinder (bad word choice? After all, these guys are so holy as to be on the ‘feminist tinder’ that they’re basically Germaine Greer with a penis. This is the way to go if you’re all about dem professional guys. Launched at the Venice Film Festival overnight, artist Miranda July’s app Somebody lets someone else do all the talking.Basically, when you want to send a friend (or hot guy) a message, you elect ‘Somebody’ who has the app to pass the message on.Once you receive replies, their photos become available to lurk.