by Zara Mohammed, Relationships Columnist
Published in Relationships on 15th February, 2019
Tinder has dramatically changed the way we connect with people online. Whether you are interested in casual encounters, free hookup sites, or looking for the opportunity to expand your social circle and find new friends or love interests locally, the dating scene will never be the same again.
You can love or hate Tinder, but you can't deny that dating apps have revolutionised the ways in which we meet people. For better or for worse though, you can be the judge of that.
Since Tinder there has been an explosion of copycat apps, so we thought we'd explore a few Tinder alternatives to see what is out there, find out if there are any sites like Tinder that might be better than Tinder, and give you the lowdown.
Do I date has one fundamental advantage as an alternative to Tinder, and that is that it offers transparency due to it's Trip Advisor style concept.
The app aims to provide as open and honest a dating platform as possible by allowing you to search reviews and ratings of your matches.
This transparency encourages people to be more open, honest and essentially decent, because nobody wants a bad review to taint their profile and reputation.
The concept does have its drawbacks though. Not every jilted ex is going to want to leave a glowing review, and they may have sabotage on the mind. Your perfect ratings score might be difficult to maintain, regardless of whether you deserve it or not.
How About We is better than Tinder if you are new to online dating or find it all a bit scary, as it takes the pressure off formal dating by focussing on activities or tasks that you want to share or do with other people.
This is a sweet idea for a meet-up app, and a great way to find someone to join you when there is an event that you really want to attend, but don't necessarily want to go on your own. For example, an exhibition, a museum visit, or cocktails hour in a new bar that you have discovered.
It makes dating easier because it feels more casual with the focus on what you are doing together rather than directly on each other.
Just be aware that the activity focus might get in the way of actually getting to know each other on a deeper, romantic or sexual level, if that is what you are looking for.
Attention all Dog Lovers! This one is for you (and you only). This dating app is perfect if you are obsessed about dogs and desperately want to meet someone who shares your passion.
Only dog people will understand this, but if you want to have a dog, or perhaps even a pack of dogs in the future, you want to make sure that the person you fall for and who you end up wanting to spend the rest of your life with, has the same taste in dogs as you.
For example, if you are set on having a husky that will require three hour walks through tough terrain, but your love interest like dachshunds, you know, the ones with stubby legs that have to run three times as fast just to keep up while you are strolling? Well that's just not going to work, is it?
Twindog matches you with people who have similar dog preferences to you. I know, it sounds a bit odd if you're not a dog person, but it is what it is.
This Tinder alternative is for the super organised. You can filter your matches based on whether their free time matches yours, so that you don't waste time trying to figure out between you when the best time to link up might be.
It's the perfect free hookup app for anyone who knows what they want and when they want it, and who hates faffing about or organising dates and meet-ups. It speeds things up so that you can get straight to what you want, which is to meet up with your matches.
If you are genuinely looking for love though, can't help but wonder if you might be missing out on more appropriately matched personalities simply because you have narrowed it down to who is free on say Tuesday afternoon at 3pm. Surely a little bit of flexibility opens up your options and makes it more likely that you meet the one.
This dating app has an interesting way of matching you up with people you fancy. You upload a picture of a celebrity or public figure that you find visually attractive and the app uses it to find matches with similar physical features.
Badoo is better than Tinder as it is a non-swiping app, which tailors your options down and offers you a smaller selection to choose from, rather than the endless swiping of dating apps like Tinder. This can be refreshing because it forces you to think more carefully and consider your options.
The main problem with this concept is that often we find celebs attractive because of characteristics that are unrelated to simply how their face looks. For example maybe we love the characters they play on TV or in movies, maybe we fancy their accents or perhaps we like their bad boy/girl personalities, which isn't necessarily reflected in the shape of their eyes, the colour of their skin or the texture of their hair.
This app will definitely suit you if you have a very specific visual type though, and one that you never or rarely deviate from. Like if you only go for brunettes, or have a soft spot for a gummy smile.
As the name implies, this app is specifically for double dating. You can pair up with a single friend and find a pair of friends on the app to go on a double date with.
It's awesome because it doubles the fun, and takes away the pressure, stress of a one-to-one date.
It also gives you two potential love interests to choose from, but that does mean that things could get awkward if you find you and your friend swooning over the same person, or perhaps the one you like is interested in your friend. Horrifying much?
On the bright side it does open up the opportunity to expand your social circle and make some fun new friends.