Date Like a Pro

Seven apps for dis­cov­er­ing love in the dig­i­tal age.

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n a dig­i­tal world in which ev­ery­one's eyes are con­stantly glued to their phones, it only makes sense that we use our de­vices for life's most awk­ward yet un­avoid­able ac­tiv­ity—dat­ing. We use apps for ev­ery­thing from job hunt­ing to or­der­ing take­out, af­ter all, so why not also use them to find love? Lucky for you, to­day there's an app for just about ev­ery ro­man­tic pur­suit out there. Dat­ing apps can fa­cil­i­tate any­thing from a ca­sual cof­fee date to a one-night stand—what­ever floats your boat. If you're like me, and you're just dip­ping your toes into on­line dat­ing, you might find th­ese seven apps help­ful. If noth­ing else, you'll have some good sto­ries to tell your friends. Here are the ba­sics: OkCupid Dat­ing (Free) If you're look­ing for an app that gives you lots of back­ground info about po­ten­tial part­ners, OkCupid is a good one to start with. When you ini­tially sign up, you an­swer a few ba­sic ques­tions, such as “Is smok­ing dis­gust­ing?” or “Are you look­ing for some­one to have kids with?” To make setup faster, you can choose to link your ac­count to Face­book. You then see a grid of po­ten­tial matches along with a per­cent­age in­di­cat­ing com­pat­i­bil­ity. Pro­files con­tain a lot of in­for­ma­tion—more than any other app on this list—and ques­tion­naires can get very in­volved. The match per­cent­age can be help­ful in de­ter­min­ing whether you could have some ma­jor life­style and per­son­al­ity dif­fer­ences right off the bat, whereas other apps of­ten give you al­most no in­for­ma­tion. Tin­der (Free) Tin­der is a fa­vorite among dat­ing apps for one main rea­son: it's sim­ple. The app links to your Face­book ac­count and shows you peo­ple within a dis­tance and age range of your choos­ing. If you think some­one is cute, you swipe right; if not, swipe left. If both par­ties swipe right, it's a match! You can now chat and ar­range to meet up. If you're look­ing for a re­la­tion­ship, beware; this app is a no­to­ri­ous hookup app with no vet­ting process. In fact, ac­cord­ing to a 2015 sur­vey by re­search firm Glob­alWe­bIn­dex, only 54 per­cent of Tin­der users are even sin­gle.

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