HOW TO… Up your DAT­ING Game

Tired of Tin­der? Bored of Bum­ble? Fear not. Here’s ev­ery­thing you need to know about the lat­est must-have dat­ing apps to swipe your way through

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It’s 10am and you have 10,000 What­sapp mes­sages. Your best mate has de­cided that she’s of­fi­cially been ghosted, an­other friend is re­count­ing last night’s hor­rific date (half an hour late; noisy eater) and yet an­other has just stum­bled upon her sis­ter’s boyfriend on Tin­der. Think about it: how many of your friends are dat­ing some­one they met on­line or via an app?

Sta­tis­ti­cally, it should be around one in five. But it feels like a lot more. Like them or not, dat­ing apps are here to stay. In fact, ro­mance gu­rus have es­ti­mated that by 2031, half of all re­la­tion­ships will be­gin dig­i­tally. It sounds like a lot, no? But dat­ing apps are quickly be­com­ing the fu­ture for mil­len­nial re­la­tion­ships. We’re all for meet­ing the old­fash­ioned way, but a lit­tle help along the way isn’t a bad thing. Mar­riages, re­la­tion­ships, hook-ups or just an ego boost – there’s an app for ev­ery­thing and every­one, even the VIPS (or Vibees – read on to find out).

It seems we can’t get enough of them, ei­ther. In a re­cent US study, al­most 14 per cent of par­tic­i­pants who met on a dat­ing app are now en­gaged or mar­ried. Some 15 per cent have been in a re­la­tion­ship for over a year. What’s more, we’re will­ing to shell out to find ex­actly what we’re look­ing for. Brits spend around £1,280 per year on av­er­age on date-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties (that’s ev­ery­thing from splash­ing out on a new dress to up­grad­ing to the paid-for func­tion on Bum­ble).

At Look, we ap­plaud the fact that there’s an in­creas­ingly wide se­lec­tion of dat­ing apps. But choos­ing one that’s right for you can prove daunt­ing. There’s a new, more cre­ative breed of apps – and we’ve tried and tested them. Set­tle in and pre­pare to down­load them all…

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