Most online dating apps like Tinder are a bit superficial in how you match with someone. If you want a different experience from swiping right, try these new dating apps.
Of course, you are probably going to find more potential mates on popular apps like Tinder, Match, and OkCupid. But that doesn’t mean you should only be looking at those. In fact, using these creative and offbeat apps to find someone there already shows that the other person is looking for something more than the usual Tinder experience.
1. Apply To Date (Web): Your Online Dating Mini-Site
Apply To Date turns the match-making process into something akin to a job application, where you are the job and your suitors are the ones applying. Essentially, it’s your personal mini-site with a dating profile.
Create your personal Apply To Date page and add photos and details. This can be stuff like where you’re from and what you do, to things you’re looking for in a date and your dos and don’ts. The page also has your social profiles, which is always a nice way for someone to find out about you without stalking you.
Anyone who wants to date you will then click on the “Ask Me Out” button to send you an email. And of course, you can browse through Apply To Date to find someone you might like to hook up with.
2. MeeTwo (Android, iOS): Match After a Quick Personality Test
MeeTwo is a dating app built by psychologists who want to help you match with someone based on a quick personality test. The “made by psychologists” part is a bit iffy, but at least the match is deeper than just looks.
Here’s how it works. You take the personality test of 10 questions, all of which have yes or no answers. Based on your answers, you will be matched with other people around you. Then you can filter the list by sex, distance, and age to find potential dates.
When you select someone, you might be prompted to answer a few more questions to see if there’s chemistry between you two. A quick hello is all it takes after that.
3. MTJF (Android, iOS): See If a Friend Likes You Back
Dating isn’t always about finding someone new. Chances are, you’ve already met someone you like and now want to date them. But the chance of a ruining a friendship (and the potential embarrassment) is too risky. MTJF (More Than Just Friends) is the anonymous way to see if a contact likes you back.
Get the app and give it access to your phone book. Once you see your Contacts list, tap the Heart icon next to anyone you want to go on a date with. Your contact will get a text message saying a friend likes them, and a link to download the app to proceed.
Once both you and your contact are using the app, it’s still all anonymous. You can start chatting without revealing your identities, and maybe even offer a hint or two. Only after you decide to go out together will MTJF reveal both identities. See, there is no possibility of an awkward situation in case of rejection!
4. Rebound [Broken URL Removed] (Android, iOS): If You Hate Online Flirting and Want to Meet in Person
Not everyone is good at being charming on the internet. Your typing skills and language don’t necessarily show who you really are. If you’d prefer to meet offline to kick things off, Rebound is made for you.
The app only shows you people who are close by. If you like someone, tap Meet. If they tap it back, then you have two hours to chat and meet up for a date. Go over the two-hour time limit and the date is cancelled.
The idea is to take dating back offline. In an age where online pick-up lines are the name of the game, it’s a nice old-fashioned way to get a date.
Download: Rebound for Android | iOS (Free)
5. MovieMates (Android, iOS): Match Based on Movie Likes
If you’re a movie buff, you can tell a lot about another person based on their film and TV likes and dislikes. MovieMates matches you based on this with someone who has similar tastes in movies that are currently playing in theaters.
Browse through the list of movies and start liking the flicks you want to watch. Based on those choices, the Mates tab will show you potential matches. Filter it by maximum distance as well as age range. If you like someone’s profile, ask them out or chat through the app.
MovieMates might just help you make some good friends even if the dating part fails, especially if your film tastes are esoteric. Now if only there was a way to do this with Netflix as well…
Download: MovieMates for Android | iOS [No Longer Available]
Are You Tired of Tinder?
Tinder is the trendy dating app today, but more and more people seem to be tiring of it. A lot of users are also using it for non-dating purposes, from finding friends to even professional connections.