Single in Hong Kong and ready to mingle again? Here’s a roundup of some popular dating sites and apps that may help you find The One! And, we asked a couple of readers which ones they prefer using.
Had enough of the sleaziness and one-liners you can find on some of the big-name dating apps? Enter Bumble. Bumble hands the reigns to the girls to hop into the driver’s seat and initiate conversations. Sticking with the simple “swipe-to-sift” methodology, this app has a real girl-power feel to it, which seems to be striking a positive note for both the pursuer and the pursued!
Coffee Meets Bagel
If Tinder had you wishing for a more “sophisticated and meaningful” experience, try dating app Coffee Meets Bagel. The savvy algorithm bots make suggestions based on your personality and preferences. You can simply choose to connect or pass over suggestions. This is great for those wanting to shift away from the fleeting flings on Tinder, towards more “aligned” connections, shall we say.
Who’s that cutie you always see in the coffeeshop? Or that person you always see at the bus stop? Happn uses location-based GPS trackers to connect you with potential crushes who you’ve already crossed paths with somewhere during your daily grind. This takes out the whole unfamiliarity of dating, since you’re kind of on one another’s radar before sparks can fly. It’s like being given a heads-up that someone cute is in your vicinity; you can then use the FlashNote feature to begin messaging. You can also secretly like someone’s profile, and, if they like you back, you have a match. Table for two, please!
If you can’t be bothered with bots, algorithms and artificial intelligence deciding on your future fate, then using a dating agency may be the answer. First launched in Singapore back in 2004 and since expanded to several other countries including Hong Kong, Lunch Actually has a long history of matchmaking behind it. Staffed with coaches and consultants, the agency personally handpicks matches based on your preferences and profile. It creates a personalised “love-programme” just for you, so your roadmap to the alter is left in professional hands!
This is the grand-mama of all dating sites. Boasting over 40 million users, the platform has a rich history and a track record of over 20 years. If you’re looking for a dependable platform with a suite of online tools and a sharp algorithm (which seems to work, based on the gushy success stories you read online), then it’s worth having Match as one of your pillars of support. Besides, it’s owned by the same group that owns Tinder, OK Cupid, Hinge and Plenty of Fish, amongst others. So they probably know a thing or two about pairing you up!
This is more of an interest-based networking app than purely a dating app, though there are specific groups for singles to mingle. Meetup takes the swipe-worthy pressure out of meeting peeps with similar interests. Into chess? Join the chess club. Fancy a hike? Join fellow hikers and see who shows up. Specifically want to hang with singletons? Target the singles groups. Want to leave it to Lady Luck? Then just follow your interests and hobby groups, and hopefully you’ll find The One at one of your meet-ups.
No dating list could be complete without mentioning the king of dating apps – the one that started the swiping craze. Tinder has a massive user base and heaps of bells and whistles with both its free and upgraded version. Though it seems to have garnered a bit of a rep (and rap) for casual flings, the global reviews tend to slant towards users being generally satisfied. So, if you’re looking for a more fleeting encounter (at first) with or without thrills, then Tinder may be worth a download. Get ready to numb your thumb with the slightly addictive left/right swipes to hopefully find your true match.
Dating Apps – Some EL reader favourites…
“Meetup takes the pressure away from formal dating, as I can still enjoy the hobby I signed up for.”
“I’m enjoying Coffee meets Bagel because it seems like a quality service with less sleaze.”
“Tinder is my go-to for dating – it’s easy and active, and it has plenty of choice.”
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