How to Choose the Right Dating App for You

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Online dating is the new norm. With 2,500 dating sites in the U.S. alone, it’s no surprise singles are signing up to find love, companionship and hookups. In fact, 49.7 million of America’s 54.4 million singles have given dating apps a shot.

If you’re new to it or have mastered the online dating game, choosing which app to use can be a bit of a headache. How do you choose from the thousands of apps on the Play Store? How do you know which one is right for you?

We’ve done a lot of research to discover the best apps for different needs. So whether you’re looking for love or a hookup on an app, we’ve got you covered. Read on to discover the right app for you.

1. If you’re looking for a relationship

If love is what you seek, eHarmony is the best app to help you find it. This app has a pretty good track record when it comes to matching singles. That’s probably due to its patented Compatibility Matching System®.

How does it work? You need to fill out an extensive questionnaire as part of the signup process. The system then uses your answers to connect you with singles who share your interests and values. And, with a membership base of more than 15 million people, you have good chances of landing some quality dates.

What’s truly great about this app, however, is that eHarmony’s not afraid to put its money where its mouth is. If its patented Compatibility Matching System® hasn’t done its job within 90 days, you get three free months on the site as part of its three-month guarantee.

2. If you like older women

Cougar Life was designed for men who prefer women with some life experience. So if you’re a guy looking for an attractive, single woman over the age of 30, this app will help you find her.

Let’s face it, women in their 30s, 40s and 50s are busy with their careers, kids and other commitments. They rarely have time to go out clubbing or bar hopping. So Cougar Life really is your best chance at meeting sexy, older women.

With its membership base of 7 million-plus active profiles, it’s usually pretty easy to find a lady you like within a 50-mile radius. Why not sign up for its free trial and see who’s out there?

3. If you’re hot and under 30

Tinder is the hottest hookup app for the under-30 crowd, but it tends to work best for guys who rate at least an eight out of 10. That’s because competition for female attention on this app is intense. Only the best looking guys usually manage to score dates.

If you’re more of an average Joe, you may want to switch over to Adult FriendFinder. Although the age range is broad, it still works well for men in their 20s.

If you usually get a lot of female attention, however, Tinder can work well for you. If you have great profile pictures and know how to get girls interested with your messages, you’ll have no shortage of female companionship.

4. If you’re looking for an educated mate

Having a well-educated mate is a top priority for many singles. If you’re one of them, why not try Elite Singles?

A whopping 82% of Elite Singles’ 13 million users have a bachelor’s degree or higher. Boasting a monthly growth rate of 165,000 new signups, this app could be the very thing you need to find an intelligent partner.

Brains are important, but so is compatibility. That’s why Elite Singles administers a personality test as part of the signup process. The results aid the app in pairing you with someone who shares your interests and viewpoints.

Another thing that works in your favor, guys, is that Elite Singles’ membership base is 56% female. That definitely increases your chances of finding some intellectual honeys to date.

5. If you’re a Christian

You can’t do better than Christian Mingle if you’re a man of faith, especially if you’re looking for a girl to marry. This dating app is reportedly responsible for more Christian marriages than any other site. And with a user base that’s 58.6% female, you stand a really good chance of finding the one who’s right for you.

Rated the top Christian dating app in the U.S., Christian Mingle matches people based on their personalities and interests as well as their belief systems.

So if your faith is important to you and you want to find a like-minded partner, why not give this app a go? With more than 10 million users, your perfect partner could be just a swipe away.

6. If you’re short on time and like variety

If filling out in-depth dating surveys turns you off, Zoosk should be up your alley. With your permission, Zoosk can grab information from your Facebook and Google accounts to get you started.

Once you’re signed up, you’ll answer a few easy questions such as if you have kids. From there, you choose a profile name, add your photos and write your profile description. You can be brief or write up to 1,500 words.

Once that’s done, you can start connecting. With 40 million members, this app gives you the opportunity to connect with a wide variety of women.

Know of other sites that offer great results? Let us know in the comments below!


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