If you’re dateless this Valentine’s Day, don’t blame the Internet. With Tinder leading the dating-app pack with its virtually stacked deck of ostensibly dateable singles, matchmaking sites and apps are growing more prolific — and more specific.
There’s Luxy for the “successful and attractive,” High There for stoners, Bristlr for beard lovers (see also: High There), Tastebuds for music lovers, Stitch for seniors, and on and on. If there’s not a date for everyone out there, there’s at least a dating app.
And with each new app comes a new idea on how best to light the spark: Revealr introduces matches by voice first in a sort of pixelated hand-held masquerade ball. Bumble is like a love child of Tinder and Snapchat with a twist of Sadie Hawkins, allowing only women to make the first contact. Twine connects anonymous users in conversation, reserving one’s appearance for a dramatic reveal (eek!). And Coffee Meets Bagel drops a single single into your inbox every day.
But despite all of the options (and the options within those options), app-based dating can still feel cold, distant, passive. That is, looking for love more often means getting swiped away than swept away.
For the uncoupled among us who’d rather gaze into some pretty eyes than a busted-up iPhone, apps like Clover or the soon to be released Whim might be the way to go. Both Whim and Clover’s “On Demand Dating” feature go a step beyond introducing you to prime-seeming candidates; they check your respective schedules and set up your first (ideally not horribly awkward) date.
It’s a refreshing return to the day when a big part of dating was, well, dating. And while it may sting a little bit more to get left-swiped in person, the opportunity to delete all of these apps seems more than worth the risk.