Tinder’s biggest advantage is its sheer volume of users and its impressive success rate clocking in at 10 billion matches and counting. Tinder’s basic premise is laughably simple: if you like someone, swipe to the right, if you don’t like them, swipe to the left. The person you’ve liked will not be notified of you swiping them right (and neither will those you send into Tinder oblivion with a swipe to the left) until they find you in the crowd of random suggestions and decide to choose the Path of the Right Swipe. If and when that happens, you’ll have a match and be able to talk it out via Tinder’s chat. Downloading Tinder is free, but unleashing its more advanced features (referred to as Tinder Plush, which includes rewinding swipes, Super Likes to make you stand out from the crowd of likers, and unlimited swipes) requires a subscription, which is offered up in three packages: monthly, 6-month, and yearly. Tinder is a great way to meet new people wherever you are, though getting the chance to connect and communicate with the people you like requires a great deal of luck (or an abundance of purchasable Super Likes), but you can always look at it as a way of protecting your privacy – and as a way of Tinder making money off of you, but such is life and the world of online dating.
Match.com app is based on the same yay-or-nay system as Tinder: if you like someone, swipe them to the right, if you’d rather say goodbye before saying hello, swipe to the left. Match.com prides itself as the dating site boasting the largest pool of singles and as the #1 dating site in dates, relationships, and marriages. The secret of Match.com is an algorithm that only delivers the men or women that meet your standards – whether it’s gay dating, lesbian dating, Asian dating, or plus-size dating. Despite all its amazing features and high efficiency levels in matching up the right people, there’s a huge downside to Match.com: it is expensive. Subscription plans start at $21.99 per month, which, based on and abundance of enraged user reviews, does not seem to worth it.
We’ve saved the best for last. The least bit surprisingly, OkCupid is also swiping-based, and the directions symbolize the very same message and purpose as in the case of Tinder and Match.com: right means yup, left means nope. OkCupid’s biggest advantage over its competitors – which is often accentuated in user reviews – is that it provides a more in-depth, more detailed look at the personality of your match, making it easier for you to decide whether that person is really meant for you, saving you not only precious time but also helping you to avoid awkward conversations. OkCupid’s basic features are at your service for free, but more advanced options – seeing who likes you, invisible browsing, advanced search features, and many more – require a subscription starting at $9.99 per month.