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, 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.
2. How Bumble Is Great for Guys
— Psychology Today (@PsychToday) May 7, 2016
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.
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 (@bumble) March 4, 2016
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”
— Sarah Bee Black (@BeeBlackBumble) April 2, 2016
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
— Zac Strohmeyer (@zacstroh) November 1, 2015
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.
7. Bumble Is Creating a Movement in Online Dating
— Bumble (@bumble) March 22, 2016
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.