Tinder is in the hot seat. More and more people are downloading the female-friendly Bumble app for their matchmaking needs, loosening Tinder’s grasp on the online dating world.
The reason for this? There are many, and each is a reason why you should be using Bumble to find your next match made in heaven.
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 over one million active users and the growing amount of 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 get bombarded with sexist and demeaning messages on Tinder and other dating apps. Don’t be “that guy,” it’s not cool, and women have had enough.
— Sarah Bee Black (@BeeBlackBumble) April 2, 2016
If you want to make a good impression on Bumble, respond in kind to messages from the ladies, write some funny pick-up lines, or at least be a gentleman — the ladies will appreciate that. I guarantee it.
How Bumble Is Great for Guys
And although the app is made for girls, it’s also great for guys.
How so? By pushing aside gender dating game 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 and essentially command 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. That’s what the studies say, at least.
— Psychology Today (@PsychToday) May 7, 2016
A positive chat should allow for more dates, which is great news for any guy. And also a problem solver for the next topic.
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.
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 explains in a recent 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!”
Great for Finding Friends
Bumble is also good for finding friends, which isn’t even an option on Tinder.
— Bumble (@bumble) March 4, 2016
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 has your same interests.
— alexa (@alexagabriellec) March 5, 2016
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.
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.
Introducing Bumble Boost! Bumble will always be free, but now you can upgrade for a premium experience. ??? pic.twitter.com/T3FWAFbzVv
— Bumble (@bumble) August 15, 2016
Less 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, you just don’t know who or what you’ll swipe with.
— Zac Strohmeyer (@zacstroh) November 1, 2015
Creating a “Movement”
After Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe was ousted from the Tinder company, 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.” — Whitney Wolfe
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 women and men who may have been a subject of sexual harassment, bullying, or sexual coercion.
— Bumble (@bumble) March 22, 2016
Wolfe, who later sued Tinder for sexual harrassment, thinks Bumble could help bring about respect among men and women. A tall order, especially in the online dating world.
We believe in gender equality, and are so grateful for the incredible men on our team + lives that support us! pic.twitter.com/fygbXXazQj
— Bumble (@bumble) March 9, 2016
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 with more conversations.
If you haven’t already downloaded the app for your iPhone or Android, you should do so soon to find a BFF or date. You won’t regret it.
Have you downloaded Bumble? What has your experience been? Would you recommend this app instead of Tinder to your friends? Why or why not? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below…