Our source may be a little bit biased on this one because Parks met her husband on this app, proving that yes it IS possible to find love in a hopeless place (the internet).
eHarmony requires a financial investment of about $500 per year depending on which plan you choose. With that barrier, it leads to a more serious base of daters, says Parks. There is an assessment that takes about an hour to complete, and inner circle profiles that’s not including the regular old “What picture do I look hottest in?” “What bio would be the funniest?” “How can I adequately describe just how fabulous I am with a character limit?” dance that goes with dating on the web.
“You are exposing a lot, and being really vulnerable upfront,” says Parks. “And that can have a big pay off. It’s a very commitment-focused space.” If finding “The One” is at the top of your to-do list, eHarmony may be the choice for you!
Her, which calls itself the best lesbian dating app, says leave the apps built for straight people and join millions of lesbians, bisexuals, and other queer women on an app designed by and for queer women
Chispa is an app developed exclusively for Latinx daters. The app is in Spanish and English, making it a great option for those who want to add a shared language to this list of similarities. The app also allows you to select up to two ethnicities, so you can rep your heritage. “For many daters, finding someone who can understand and maybe even share your ethnic identity is a huge benefit,” says Parks.
Plus, you can truly customize your profile by sharing even more details about yourself, including your zodiac sign, political affiliation, languages, and what you’re looking for.
On this app, women make the first move. The company’s CEO Whitney Wolf Herd designed it this way as a response to her own abusive relationships. In fact, she told Time she “engineered an ecosystem of healthy male relationships.”
It certainly offers a nice break from receiving a “DTF?” DM. Now, how you start the conversation is in your hands. Thing is, you only have 24 hours to send that first message after matching. This is great for men who are shy or sick of having to make the first move as they often do on most apps, says Parks.
Other apps should take cues from Her, which has virtual community-building opportunities for users like virtual movie nights, webinars, and other activities to bring people together outside of the ‘I NEED TO FIND A DATE RIGHT NOW OR I’LL BE ALONE FOREVER’ headspace we’re all guilty of from time to time.
When you go for Match, you know you’re dealing with a company that has been in the dating game for a while, which they use to their advantage
Match has been that b*tch. This website was around in the 1990s when your online dating was done by dial-up and was heavily stigmatized. (They even have a whole Instagram now! With memes! And that my friends, is a little something called growth.)
It’s got a good combination of elements of the most popular apps-a thorough quiz and a web-based version of the software, with all the swiping you want on the app itself. “It’s commitment geared, but also with a focus on initial physical chemistry,” Parks says.
Why swipe solely on interest when you can swipe based on location? With Happn, you’ll be receiving matches based on people who have recently been near your location. In other words, there’s a higher chance you’ll match with the cutie at your local coffee shop or grocery store.