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Why Women Are Flocking to the Bumble Dating App: 7 Reasons

Anya Zhukova Updated 27-12-2018

Tinder is in danger of being unseated as the king of dating apps. More and more people are downloading the female-friendly Bumble for their matchmaking needs, loosening Tinder’s grasp on the online dating world.


Why? There are many reasons, and each one is a reason why you should be using Bumble to find your next match made in Heaven.

1. Bumble Dating Is Made for Girls

Unlike Tinder, Bumble prides itself on being an app in which girls are required to make the first move. And that reason alone has gotten women from all over the world excited, evident by the millions of active users and growing support. The buzz around Bumble is positive, and it intends to stay that way.

By allowing girls to make the first interaction, women can more easily decide who they want to talk to. Which is important, because women often have weird experiences on dating sites Here's What Dating Sites Are Like If You're A Woman As an experiment I set up accounts on three of the more popular free dating websites, then spoke to some women about their experiences. Here’s what happened. Read More , including getting bombarded with demeaning messages and sexist comments. Not sure if you’re being 100 percent respectful to your matches? Check out our quick guide on how to avoid being “that guy” on Tinder 4 Ways to Avoid Being "That Guy" on Tinder If your Tinder experiences aren't paying off, you may need to reexamine your game, and the problem may be in the way that you're presenting yourself. Are you that guy on Tinder? Read More .

2. How Bumble Is Great for Guys

Although Bumble is made for girls, it’s also great for guys. How so? By pushing aside gender dating norms and allowing women to essentially command the conversation.


A person who makes the first move, according to studies, is often in control. And research shows that people feel more positive when in control. When a woman on Bumble matches with a guy, she has 24 hours to start the conversation. If she doesn’t want to say anything, she won’t. She has all the power, and while correlation doesn’t always mean causation, she should be more positive about chatting. Or at least that’s what the studies suggest.

Keep that in mind that if you want to make a good impression and get more matches on Bumble How to Get More Matches on the Bumble Dating App If you're using Bumble dating and struggling to get matches, we have some tips to increase your chances of scoring a date. Read More .

Tip: If a guy matches with a girl who doesn’t start the conversation, a guy can extend one match per day for an additional 24 hours. Make note, though, that girls still have to start the conversation.

3. Bumble Dating Is Gay Friendly

If it’s not a heterosexual relationship you’re after, don’t worry. Bumble is an attractive option for anyone looking for love.


In fact, with same-sex matches there are no restrictions on who starts the chat, as the app explained in an update:

“If you connect with someone of the same sex for dating or just match with a friend, these rules don’t apply. Connect with anyone you want and either one of you can send the first message. Just make sure it’s within the first 24 hours!”

4. Bumble Is Great for Finding Friends

Bumble is also good for finding friends, which isn’t even an option on Tinder.

If you’re done with trying to find a bro/chick-friend at the bars, Bumble might be a worthwhile option. It’s just as easy as swiping right and could be a solution for finding friends if you’ve moved to a new city, state, or country, or just want to find someone who shares the same interests as you.


Tip: Finding friends is easy. Just change your settings to show BFF, (Bumble’s official friend zone) swipe right on a person of interest and start chatting.

5. Bumble’s Ban on “Ghosting”

Bumble has also been tackling the problem of ghosting, which is when a person drops the conversation for no reason at all. That sucks. And many people, and I’m sure you’re one of them (I know I am), have been ghosted for no obvious reason.

To deal with this online dating phenomenon, which originated on Tinder, Bumble updated its app, saying “every chat that is started now requires a reply within the following 24 hours, or that chat expires. No ghosting allowed!”


Bumble’s recent update is an attempt to put an end to the often dreadful online dating outcome—null conversations. If you’ve matched with a person of the opposite sex, Bumble only allows the woman to start the conversation and only within 24 hours (though, paid updates allow for longer response times). The update has been described as mostly positive.

6. Fewer Spam Bots on Bumble

Also, and this one is very important, Bumble has seemingly decreased the number of spam bots. You know, those pesky profiles of people who’d rather link you to a sex site instead of a having an actual conversation.

On that note, be careful when swiping right on Tinder Why Swiping Right on Tinder Might Get You More Than a Date Swiping right on Tinder could lead to quite unexpected results. Don't get left in the dark: Here's everything you need to know about the pitfalls of swiping right on Tinder. Read More , as you could stumble upon an online dating scammer.

7. Bumble Is Creating a Movement in Online Dating

After Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe was ousted from Tinder, Wolfe wanted to make serious changes to the online dating world. In an interview with Time, Wolfe explained that Bumble is about igniting change, creating a movement:

“It’s not a dating app, it’s a movement. This could change the way women and men treat each other, women and men date, and [how] women feel about themselves.”

And it seems that her vision has made progress. Bumble and Wolfe continue to voice their concerns about the problems of online and real-life dating and relationships. They continually support and rally behind both men and women who may have been a subject of sexual harassment, bullying, or sexual coercion.

Wolfe, who later sued Tinder for sexual harassment, thinks Bumble could help bring about respect among men and women. A tall order, especially in the online dating world.

Try Bumble for Yourself

While Bumble still uses the “swipe right for hot, left for not” approach, it’s making a big change to the online dating world. It’s redefining dating and how men and women see each other. It’s also creating a more user friendly experience, with less spam and more conversations.

What else? Bumble is still evolving and getting new modes to provide you with a better online dating experience. Check out our quick Bumble app guide with every Bumble mode explained Confused About Bumble? Bizz, BFF, Boost, and Next Modes Explained With its many functions and modes, the Bumble app caters to people interested in dating, meeting friends, and even networking. Read More .

Related topics: Bumble, Online Dating, Tinder.

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  1. Anon
    August 31, 2019 at 3:50 am

    only thing i can see as being a problem, other than facebook wanting to have your data *again* but the problem that alot of men experience. the bottom 80% of men, competeing for even the slightest chance, (or in this case, hope anyone will send them a message in the first couple months) while those in the top 20%, probably getting all the messages. if your an average guy, its going to suck, just like in many situations where the effort is put in, and nothing fruitful is achieved. Could be a guy who legitmently wants to find their + 1, but will instead, be another piggy bank like many others. Not entirely liking this.

  2. rawraj
    February 11, 2019 at 4:47 am

    This is just a company using women to make money.
    How don't people see this.
    You promote it as a woman's app so all the woman are not only there but they are now socially engineered into actually initiating conversations with men.
    This is male paradise.
    But just like TInder has a premium mode I am pretty sure Bumble has one too and only the men have to pay.
    So basically Bumble is pimping all its females users to men for men.
    And if they are smart they will even get woman to pay for premium profiles

  3. Richard
    August 6, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Have to admit that I'm on both Tinder and Its former employee's creation- Bumble. I like the concept of Bumble and the platform clearly attracts a different type of sophisticated, confident woman. On the flip side, Bumble seems a difficult concept to master, particularly among the more mature generation, where hang ups and personal short comings have been replaced with a more mature sense of belonging and self fulfillment. The result is a lot of "matches" flying around and very few conversations being initiated. I have to wonder if Bumble, whilst great for generations Y, Z and millenials, falls a little flat among a generation that found a balance between tradition/ chivalry and sexual equality.

  4. Steve
    September 1, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    I have FB, and still do not want to share it willy nilly with anyone. I add people after I have got to know them, not before.

    Nor do I trust any company that says it will not post to my timeline. In which case, why do you want my FB login? Or is it just another way to harvest data to sell on? It certainly cannot be a some form of proof that a person is real given the sheer number of FB accounts that are fake.

    As soon as I see an app needs FB I think scam. I will be deleting this app before I have even started. I get the idea of a women centred app, especially after female friends tell me of their experiences of the lobotomised meatheads who contact them on other dating sites and apps but requiring FB as a prerequisite? Not for me.

    • shay
      September 3, 2016 at 10:23 am

      I plan on writing about dating apps and sites that don't require social media log-ins soon, as I think you and others share a real concern. While Bumble hasn't eliminated that problem, they have done a great job of giving females more control over the online dating game

      • Anonymous
        December 18, 2016 at 7:45 am

        I do not use Facebook for anything.
        If this site requires FB to log in, I would never use it.

  5. Anonymous
    August 31, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Yet another dating app that requires Facebook, shutting out people the still-enormous pool of people who choose not to use that service. This really should be mentioned any time a dating site is discussed.

    Based on friends' (mostly 30something professional women in NYC and Chicago) experience, here's what happens on Bumble: A decent percentage of guys using it are willing to say they like everybody, so women will get their 24 hour contact window fairly regularly. The dudes then don't respond again. Did they ghost? Yup! What did that help?

    Dating sites are and should be set up so that women can feel comfortable communicating in relative safety with unfamiliar men. That's as it should be. It's amazing that women want anything to do with guys at all, given how poorly things can and do go. But ghosting isn't the problem that needs to be solved. If you have a conversation on the internet and it stops, who cares? No harm, no foul. It's vastly more important to make sure that you're talking to people with whom you you are compatible in a way that limits unwanted attention. Aside from Bumble's reliance on Facebook data, I don't really think it does enough to address that. It's just another place for people to get messages from strange people.

    • shay
      September 3, 2016 at 10:19 am

      Dating apps/sites that don't require facebook or social media to register and/or to log-in will most likely be written about very soon. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

      Bustle hasn't fully eliminated ghosting, which may or may not be a problem for some users, but they're tackling the issue, which is noteworthy. I do agree that it's more important to chat with a compatible person, and I think Bumble, Tinder, and other dating apps should make that more of a 'thing,' but for now the “swipe right for hot, left for not” approach seems to dominate. Hopefully that will change soon

  6. Anonymous
    August 31, 2016 at 4:18 am

    Was this article written by a feminist?

    • shay
      September 3, 2016 at 10:24 am

      It was written by a guy who recognizes that women are often verbally attacked on social media and dating apps (and in real life).