The 5 dating apps to refresh your love life in 2016
1. 21 Pictures
An online dating profile with a difference. No words, just 21 Pictures. (Or at least five, if you’re feeling lazy!) They don’t have to be 21 pictures of you. In fact, members are encouraged to include landscapes and photos of things and activities that define their personalities.
The site is the brainchild of science journalist Michael Bond, and is based on psychological insights. Daters are encouraged to create a visual noticeboard of their lives. The pictures are said to encourage intuitive decision-making, in a similar way to the assessments we might make during a real-life first impression. The site is also based around the concept that we can have too much choice, and so daters are only presented with 21 potential matches at a time.
Ever hear people say they’d rather just meet someone in a bar, instead of dating online? A brand new dating site called HerSmile attempts to replicate offline interactions in an online setting which works just like a crowded bar. For the same price as a drink, a man on the site can contact a particular female user. If she’s interested, and replies, he pays £3 ($5).
If she’s not interested, he gets to keep the credit and approach someone else instead. The set-up is designed to ensure men are actually interested in the women they contact, removing the age-old problems of spam messages and time-wasters. Women pay a monthly subscription to join the site and are encouraged to only reply to guys who they would accept a drink from in a bar. In the coming months it will be interesting to see how both men and women respond to the asymmetrical experience.
While Hinge is already huge in the States, 2016 looks set to be the year it properly hits the UK. The premise is simple. The app matches you with a limited number of friends of Facebook friends each day, keeping your options reduced to a small pool of presumably like-minded people. It’s the tech version of a house party, where all your friends bring along their single friends. And the party is different every day.
A distinct departure from the sheer volume of Tinder options, and superficial visual-based matching, Clocked plays matchmaker with members, by asking you to answer a series of personality-test questions when you first sign up. Each day you’re then presented with three different compatible matches. With the emphasis on personality over looks, you’re presented with a match’s profile before you see his or her photo.
A dating app designed to get you offline as quickly as possible, Rendeevoo has marketed itself as the ‘Uber’ of dating. The app allows you to find a date in a matter of minutes. Based purely on a photo, name and age, you choose your match… and then you go and meet them. No messages are exchanged via the app but you use it to pay for your first drink in advance, in order to guarantee that you will actually show up on the date.
Author: Charly Lester is the founder of the UK Dating Awards. Crowned Cosmopolitan Women of The Year she was Time Out’s Global Head of Dating and was an expert advisor to Lord Sugar in the Final of the BBC flag-ship TV Show ‘The Apprentice’.