You’re prompted to ask a series of questions, but you can choose which you answer. Sarah said: “Hinge definitely sounds good in theory. I’m trying to stay patient and positive, but I think the instant buzz of Tinder might have ruined me.”Plenty of Fish is another app that allows you to create a profile, answer questions or just upload your favorite selfies.The idea is you can build an authentic picture of yourself, with answers, photos, details about what you’re reading or listening to and even video. You can like someone’s activities and photos, which reminds us more of Facebook-style interactions, but packaged up within a dating app. It’s got a large user-base and when it comes to success rates, it really divides opinion.They have the potential to be the future of dating and it's nice to see one of the top online companies acknowledging that, without losing their original identity.”If you're serious about finding long-term love as a gay man, Chappy may well be the best app option on the market.
Louise said: “It could just be because of the area I live in, but in my experience most of the guys on Now are only after one thing right now, and it isn’t romance or a coffee...” to global warming (okay, we’re making that last one up). If you’ve swiped right on someone and they’re swiped right on you as well, you’ll be notified and can begin messaging one another.
But no matter who you ask, it seems to have become synonymous with casual dating and hookups rather than those looking for long-term love. Hayley Minn told us: “I used to love it, it's so easy to use and fun, but it now feels like a game more than anything and I've never had a date lead to anything serious.” Despite the fact it seems to be losing its edge, we included it because it’s still popular, and the large user numbers mean the more chance of dates.
You’re bound to have similar lives if they keep showing up near you.
Plus, it takes the pressure off because you’re already in each other’s proximity - you can easily go for a drink.”But there are drawbacks to the “find people nearby” USP.
Letting you choose between "Mr Right" and "Mr Right Now" it's fun and playful if you're in the mood for some quick company, while offering a bit more depth for those looking for a bit more. The app also has a recently launched premium feature, which serves up more information about your matches, like how likely they are to reply to you.
According to Basil it's greatest feature is "a slider at the top, where you can indicate what you're after, so only like-minded guys will populate your feed," but the app experience "from that point onwards, is basically Tinder."Another app, another promise to provide more meaningful connections. Ladies, you’ll be served up a Bagel (that’s what the app calls men) each day at noon, which are only the Bagels (or... It’s another idea that sounds good, but does it really work?Scruff quotes over 12 million worldwide users, and has recently expanded into Air Bn B style travel accommodation, with a gay-friendly slant, also letting you know if fellow travellers from out of town are looking for some company.Paid tiers unlock additional features for committed users, but the free experience is worthy of inclusion here.You can also link up your Instagram account if you think it gives potential dates a better idea of what you’re all about. Once you’ve signed up, you select a time window when you’re free and then choose what you’d like to do, like ‘coffee’ or ‘drink’ or ‘entertainment’.Nick said: “The OKCupid dates I went on were often the most interesting, with people I could genuinely chat to.” The app is free and, unless you use its ‘quickmatch’ Tinder-style feature, it’s all about browsing lots of profiles and breaking the ice with a message. Sarah said: “The fact you can easily message for free comes with the downside that you might get a fair few unwanted messages.”Now is, as you can maybe guess, all about meeting up right now. This immediacy is refreshing in the murky world of ‘will we ever meet or just awkwardly flirt for weeks before getting bored? Dating blogger told us: “I did a lot of research into online dating and Now is the solution to what I found to be the single biggest complaint of women on Tinder - no more pen pals.”But it turns out that an app designed for instant dating gratification doesn’t always attract those looking for a long-term partner.Do you ever daydream that you’ll experience a romantic movie moment when you lock eyes with someone and then you’re together for all of eternity?