Valentine’s Day is approaching quickly and you are single, dear reader. You may be sick with the Tinder, Bumble, Hinge and all the other mainstream applications after almost a year of wafting through the waters of a pandemic dating.
Scrolling endlessly has its disadvantages. The world is your oyster theoretically, but you also have to wade around the entire population of your region. Your thumbs and brain are tired of seeing over and over the same user face and office lines. You still have to meet online because we’re stuck indoors — but that doesn’t mean you can’t try something different.
New apps for dating can be hit or missed. On the one hand, they provide for a lesser user base – which could be great if you are a company of the same mind. Another thing you don’t have as many options as you can with an app with more than 50 million users, such as Tinder. With these potential benefits and risks in mind, some new dating app options are available:
If you’re particularly tired of swiping like HOTorNOT, Jigsaw can be for you. Self-described as “anti-superficial dating,” before you have a conversation, Jigsaw doesn’t even let you see your match. The app places a puzzle on the face of a potential match and only messages can be exchanged. Now Jigsaw is available in New York and London, with more cities in the United States coming soon.
S’More has a pushback similar to the common swipe model. Like the dessert, S’More would like to offer “Something More” to its users. Similar to Jigsaw, it masks people’s faces – the photos are blurred only on S’More. Users can select eight profiles each day to view. Profiles include icons such as what the person seeks, what turns them on, the zodiac sign and the like. The more the message matches, the more the photos blur. In these times of staying home, S’More has even blurred video calls, which blur the first two to five minutes. All S’More users need self checking, so no catfishing concerns.
Chekmate is another online reworking app. During the pandemic Chekmate was founded and is intended to bridge the gap between online and offline date by being text-free. Instead, users only communicate via voice and video messages. If matches are convenient in person, the app suggests that local venues and users can send invitations; considering US coronavirus trends, they may need to wait a long time—but post-vaccine dates can be much sweeter.
Chorus also attempts to blur app lines and personal data in a totally different manner than Chekmate. Chorus lets users invite a friend to play and swipe for you. Chorus is only swiped by friends of the user. Pals can also comment on your profile and matches. The app has added a “roulette” option since the pandemic hit where users opt in and are paired to a spontaneous blind 5 minutes video date.
The Dating app Ship also allows friends to swip for you for a similar experience.
NUiT is an astrological dating application, which uses much more than its own sun sign (the “main” sign based on your birthday), for compatibility calculations. According to the leading astrologer Haley Comet, NUiT uses a complex algorithm which takes into account other factors such as natal diagrams, which show the sun, moon and planetary positions at birth. NUiT was also recognised by the queer community for a feature that I haven’t seen in another app: An option that people can’t see or see directly. For lovers of astrology, especially those who are queer, NUiT can lead to a match that is star-aligned.
Always go to a party with someone to find out they’re a fan of a highly problematic or just a bad musician? You won’t have to concern yourself with Vinylly, a music compatibility app that matches you with potential supporters. Users combine their Spotify account with their profile and the application uses streaming data to match it. The algorithm adjusts and shows potential matches when the user listens. The app also takes music habits into account, such as concert attendance. If you miss live music desperately, you can find someone with whom you lament on Vinylly.
Whisk uses your Twitter account instead of your Spotify account. You read it correctly: your dating profile and Twitter profile are one in this application. It sounds odd, but it might be brilliant. As Whisk claims on its website, “Whisk uses genuine and timely information on your Twittern account to demonstrate your true sense of humour, interests and opinions rather than creating your profile using self-reported and unchecked information from other dating applications.” Whisk is currently beta, but here you can try this experiment with social media dating.
While having children or wanting them, they may fear Tinder’s hookups, but they’re heybaby’s bread and butter. The dating app is especially suitable for parents or want tobe parents, thus reducing the potential difficulty of bringing up children. When you sign up for Heybaby, you will answer a series of questions concerning your (Would-be) parenting style, future plans and more. The objective of the founders is not only to match potential couples, but also potential parents.
If the top dating apps discourage you, know that many other options you can choose from. Maybe you must never swipe again!