Dating apps in 2022

My top 3 dating apps for 2022

Online dating is not new. Dating apps are not new but with so many to choose from now, how do you know which are the best dating apps for 2022?

Before we go there, I want to take you back. Back to a time when shell suits were acceptable attire, velvet was being worn anywhere and everywhere, and Blossom made the bucket hat the must have accessory.

Of course, I’m talking about the Nineties.

To me, this was yesterday. When someone points out that 1990 was 32 years ago, I want to immediately run to my bed, throw myself down and cover my face with a pillow (in true stroppy teenager style!)

But it was during this time that something amazing happened. Dating was transformed.

No longer did we need to attend seedy singles nights (thank goodness these have evolved too!) if we wanted to find love. In 1995, Match.com became revolutionary in the making of online dating.

They took it to a whole new level. With a click of the finger, we could meet a match from the comfort of our own home, without having to cake on the blue eye shadow, stick in the sun-in hair lightener or throw our newly permed hair in an over-sized scrunchy.  We could throw on our PJ’s, open a bag of Nik Naks, grab a bottle of Hooch and we were on our way to dating heaven!

Since then, technology has evolved, and online dating has just got better and better.

The taboo has all but disappeared and I’m willing to bet that you don’t have many friends who haven’t been there and done it!

When social media exploded with the introduction of Facebook, it was only a matter of time before everyone had at least one dating app on their phone.

Here’s a scary thought, as of 2020, there were over 1500 dating apps out there!

Wowzers! How on earth do you choose the best one for you?

Well, I’ve done my research. In fact, Tinder is solely responsible for me meeting the love of my life and for that reason, I can only be a complete advocate of these apps.

I am going to share my top 3 dating apps picks in 2022 and you’ll be surprised to know that Tinder and POF do not appear once! Not that I have anything against them, but my picks are there for a reason.

Here goes.

Here are my top 3 dating apps in 2022​

Q - Why has it made my top 3?

Hinge has become increasingly popular over the years. First developed in 2012, it’s not a new app but it grabbed my attention because it puts a huge focus on security.

Q – What’s its best feature?

The security aspect. Although it is like other apps such as Tinder, it looks to match you with users who have mutual friends on Facebook. This means that there is an element of safety attached to it. You can get in touch with those friends and vet your matches first. Ask your friends opinions and how well they know your match, so you don’t feel quite so blind-sided when it comes to meeting face to face.

Q – What makes it stand out?

Its focus is on relationships, not hook-up’s. We all know that certain other apps are brilliant if you’re looking for a ‘quick fix’ but Hinge really does encourage you to build long term relationships.

Q – Who is Hinge aimed at?

It’s clearly focussed on a slightly more mature audience. By that I mean late twenties onwards. Those who are looking for a little more commitment and are security conscious.

Q – What would I rate it out of 10?

It’s a solid 8 from me. There’s not much I don’t like about this app.

Q - Why has it made my top 3?

Again, Bumble isn’t a new app. It’s been around for about 7 years, but it stands out as very different from the others.

Q – What’s its best feature?

That’s a tough one because it has two great features but for this question, I’ll focus on the fact that it’s female led. Women have to make the first move and by that, I mean they have to send the first message. This ensures that women aren’t bombarded.

It’s not just for heterosexual couples though. You are not required to define your identity; it asks who you are interested in. If your preference isn’t a female or male match, it allows all parties to message first.

Q – What makes it stand out?

This is an easy one to answer. It’s not just a dating app? The clever brains behind Bumble have extended its services and it now encourages networking and socialising. This means that if you are looking for a job or want to meet like-minded business owners, you can do so and if you only want to extend your social circle and meet new friends, that’s cool too.

Q – Who is Bumble aimed at?

That’s tricky because I would say it doesn’t have a specific audience. It’s fun so appeals to the younger generation but it has the extra features which appeal to professionals. It’s a winner all round for me.

Q – What would I rate it out of 10?

I’d have to give it a 9. I think they’ve nailed this by having those extra features.

Q - Why has it made my top 3?

That’s easy! This app is taking the world by storm. It’s original, it’s fun and it has a brilliant phycology behind it. FOMO is definitely relevant here!

Q – What’s its best feature?

I want to giggle as I talk about this app. It’s best and only real feature is that it is only available on a Thursday. You quite literally can’t access this app any other day of the week. It’s genius!

Q – What makes it stand out?

Hey, listen, I’m not clueless, this isn’t going to be for everyone. Not everyone wants to be rushed into a decision or decide there and then whether to go on a date that evening or not. But it’s great for those who are sick of looking at pointless matches and wasting their time. They want action (not sure if I’m metaphorically speaking or not) and they want it now!

Q – Who is Thursday aimed at?

That’s tricky because I would say it doesn’t have a specific audience. It’s fun so appeals to the younger generation but it has the extra features which appeal to professionals. It’s a winner all round for me.

Q – What would I rate it out of 10?

Can you guess? It’s a 10 from me. This app is unique, it’s fun, it combines so many modern personality traits and is just so out there it’s brilliant! I love it.

So, there you have it. My top 3 picks for dating apps in 2022. Let me know which ones you try and how you get on!

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