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19 Best Mobile Dating Apps (Feb. 2024)

Amber Brooks

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At a family gathering last year, my cousin decided to regale us with her strangest dating exploits as a 20-something single, and we listened with rapt (and sometimes horrified) attention. Finally, my mom interrupted with a question: “Where on earth do you meet all these guys?”

My cousin, my brother, and I all replied simultaneously “online.” Because, of course, she met these guys online. Online dating has become the #1 way for singles to meet their future spouses, and it’s also popular among short-term daters (like my cousin) looking for a date on Saturday night.

Dating apps have made it easier than ever to fill up your date card, go on dating adventures, and maybe even find a great guy or gal to bring home to your family. This list of the 20 best mobile dating platforms for singles can help you get into the swiping game and start your own love story in no time.

Overall | Free | Popular | Black & Interracial
LGBTQ+ | Mature | International | FAQs

Top Mobile Dating Apps (#1-3)

Dating apps connect singles with the larger dating scene. Such mobile networks and their fast-learning AI algorithms can give you access to attractive and interesting people you may never have met otherwise — and that’s a powerful thing. That could be the difference between sitting at home alone and going out dancing and dining in your free time.

The following dating apps have our endorsement as the most fun and efficient platforms for flirtatious singles of all ages, orientations, and backgrounds.

1. Zoosk


Available on: iOS, Android

  • Relationships: Casual Dates, Relationships
  • Match System: Search for and receive matches
  • About the App: Zoosk is the number one app for finding dates, and if you sync up your Google+ or Facebook account, you can have a profile in seconds. The app has 38 million members and will deliver matches to your inbox on a daily basis based on your behavior such as who you search for, like or don't like, and message. The Carousel is another section for matching (tap the heart if it's a yes and the X if it's a no).
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Zoosk began with the simple idea of combining a dating site with a social media site and making online dating more of an interactive and engaging experience. And it blew up from there. Today, Zoosk has over 40 million members around the world, and the Zoosk app has a respectable four-star rating on Google Play.

Zoosk employs a behavioral matchmaking system to introduce singles who have real relationship potential. The dating site and app monitor online behavior — who you view, who you like, and how long you chat — to predict compatibility and recommend dates.



Available on: iOS, Android

  • Relationships: Fun Dates, Serious Relationships
  • Match System: Browse by location, age, interest, and more
  • About the App: Available via the App Store and Google Play, Match is a fantastic app for dates and relationships. With a user base of 30 million singles, Match is where you'll have a high chance of success. It's free to download, create a profile, search for date prospects, and receive compatible matches based on personalized preferences. Free members can also chat with select members and send unlimited likes.
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Since 1995, Match has developed personality-driven matchmaking technology to get singles into the relationships of their dreams. This time-tested dating site goes the extra mile to get to know its users and meet their dating needs. Match currently boasts having more success stories than any other dating site in existence, and we’re not about to gainsay them.

The Match team is so confident in this online dating service that they guarantee it for six months. The I Met Someone Guarantee promises paid subscribers their next six months are free if they don’t meet someone special within six months.

3. EliteSingles


Available on: iOS, Android

  • Relationships: Deep Relationships
  • Match System: Search by education, lifestyle habits, age
  • About the App: Commitment-minded, professional daters will feel at home with EliteSingles, which can be downloaded for free in the App Store or Google Play. Not only is everyone looking for a long-term partner, but 80% of members hold a bachelor's, master's, or doctorate degree. EliteSingles sees 210,000 visitors and 2,500 users finding love every month, so it's one of the fastest growing and most reputable apps.
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As you can undoubtedly tell by the name, Elite Singles serves high-class singles in the dating scene. The most educated and successful singles gather on this dating site to connect with people on their level. Over 80% of Elite Singles members have earned bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degrees, and they’re interested in making a real romantic connection.

Elite Singles offers a reliable network and sensible match recommendations to support commitment-minded professionals who happen to be single. The customer care center walks its members through the signup and payment processes, making the journey toward love that much easier and stress-free.

Top “Free” Dating Apps (#4-6)

Let’s talk dollars and cents. Because dating can get expensive after awhile. The average cost of a date in the U.S. is $102.32, according to a Match survey of 5,000 people. Costs add up if you’re constantly wining and dining potential love interests. You have to spend money on dinners, drinks, movies, and other date activities, and dating app subscriptions can also cost money. But not always.

We’ve picked out a couple cost-effective dating apps to help singles save money — or at least get their money’s worth — while online dating. The following apps are free to download.

4. eharmony


Available on: iOS, Android

  • Relationships: Long-Term Relationships, Marriages
  • Match System: Get daily match suggestions
  • About the App: Responsible for 4% of marriages in the U.S., eharmony is among our top picks for relationship-minded heterosexual singles. To become a member, add the app to your phone (iOS or Android) and then take its 29 Dimensions® of Compatibility Matching Quiz. It's absolutely free to do both these things — as well as receive matches and communicate during other special events.
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What I love about eharmony is how thoughtful its matching system is. This dating app doesn’t throw singles together and hope something sparks. It has members answer a lengthy questionnaire, and then the algorithm uses that information to generate psychologically sound match recommendations for straight men and women. Every profile has a detailed compatibility rating on everything from athleticism to conscientiousness.

Typically, eharmony charges a premium fee to communicate or even see your matches on the site. However, during Free Communication Weekends, the premium dating site allows singles to chat for free. These weekends only come around a couple times a year at unexpected times, so keep your eyes peeled and be ready for when the flood gates open.

5. Tinder


offers free signups, free swiping, free matching, and free chatting, so you really can’t ask for much more bang for your buck. When it launched in 2012, Tinder flipped the online dating world upside down by offering a double opt-in system that made sure singles only talked to the people they were interested in talking to.

This was a huge win for single women who didn’t want to receive unsolicited messages from creeps online. Suddenly, thanks to Tinder’s mutual matching system, singles had complete control over who showed up in their inboxes, and that led to a more positive and effective dating environment.

Screenshot of Tinder's homepage

Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold membership plans offer added perks to singles in a flirtatious mood.

Today, Tinder has created more than 20 billion matches worldwide, and it sees over 1.6 billion swipes per day. The dating app has pioneered Swipe Life — or the joy of being single — by empowering its users to set their own standards and keep the creeps out.

On average, Tinder users log in four times a day to check their matches and respond to incoming messages, and the dating app is responsible for over 1 million dates per week.

6. Plenty of Fish

Plenty of Fish

(aka POF) tempts singles with unlimited free communication on the site and app. Over 1 billion messages are sent each month on POF, and over 70,000 new members join every day. The POF forums host conversations about relationship issues, dating experiences, broken hearts, life advice, profile reviews, travel stories, and even cooking tips.

Screenshot of the POF app

New Plenty of Fish members are 2.7 times more likely to enter a conversation within 24 hours.

With over 40 million members, Plenty of Fish can offer singles plenty of selection, and it’s easy to narrow down that sea of date options by using custom search filters. You can search for a date by age, location, ethnicity, or other qualities. Plenty of Fish also uses a Chemistry Test to pinpoint specific relationship needs and generate daily match suggestions. Plenty of Fish is available for download on iTunes and Google Play.

Since its launch in 2003, this Canada-based dating site and app has led to countless success stories in 20 countries around the world. “Thanks to POF, I am now happily married to the love of my life and blessed with two step-daughters,” said Raemista, who got married in 2018.

Whether you’re looking for friendship or love, you can rely on Plenty of Fish to introduce you to tons of chatty singles in your area. From start to finish, Plenty of Fish is an affordable place to up your chatting game and turn that online connection into a real-life romance.

Top “Popular” Dating Apps (#7-9)

If you want to find a date, you have to go where the people are. And they’re online. Dating apps have become incredibly popular in the last decade, and 58% of online daters say they have a positive view of dating platforms.

The most popular dating apps have millions of active users all around the world, and it’s pretty easy to pick up a date when you’re surrounded by viable prospects. Check out the following popular dating apps to save yourself some time and energy in the dating scene.

7. Zoosk


Available on: iOS, Android

  • Relationships: Casual Dates, Relationships
  • Match System: Search for and receive matches
  • About the App: Zoosk is the number one app for finding dates, and if you sync up your Google+ or Facebook account, you can have a profile in seconds. The app has 38 million members and will deliver matches to your inbox on a daily basis based on your behavior such as who you search for, like or don't like, and message. The Carousel is another section for matching (tap the heart if it's a yes and the X if it's a no).
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Once again, Zoosk is on this list because of its diverse global network of singles. Zoosk sees over 3 million messages sent daily on the app and site, and it continues to expand worldwide.

The Zoosk app has been translated into 25 languages, and it is available in over 80 countries. All in all, this massive and diverse dating network is great for anyone looking to cast a wide net for a date.

8. OkCupid

Since its launch in 2004, OkCupid has perfected its compatibility algorithm based on billions of online interactions. The dating site transitioned into a dating app in 2012, and it has only gained momentum as the years have gone by.

Some singles are drawn to OkCupid’s scientific approach to love — it gives users a curated compatibility rating based on their shared interests, goals, and personality traits — while others are mostly interested in the forever-free aspect of the site. OkCupid offers 100% no-strings-attached, unlimited free messaging to everyone, and that’s not something to be taken for granted.

While other dating sites put up paywalls or restrictions, OkCupid empowers its users to send messages to anyone they like. Of course, those messages will only show up in that person’s inbox if he or she likes your profile.

Screenshot from OkCupid

The OkCupid app matches singles based on what matters most to them.

OkCupid allows singles to search for matches by using a variety of characteristics and keywords, but it also has a familiar swiping feature where members can read entire profiles and choose to heart them or move on to the next one.

All in all, OkCupid is among the leading dating apps in the industry with active users all over the world. OkCupid facilitates over 90 million connections and 2.6 million dates every year.

9. Coffee Meets Bagel

Coffee Meets Bagel

takes a curated approach to online dating and encourages its users to carefully consider each profile — because they won’t see it again once they pass. Every day promptly at noon, CMB gives its male users 21 potential matches (it calls them “bagels” on the app) to swipe on, and the app curates a shortlist of the best options from those likes to send to female users. LGBTQ+ users receive both bagels and matches on the app.

Coffee Meets Bagel is a female-friendly dating app that champions #LadiesChoice and delivers matches who share similar backgrounds, interests, and social networks.

Screenshot of CoffeeMeetsBagel

CoffeeMeetsBagel began as a passion project of three entrepreneuring women.

CMB began as a San Francisco startup in 2012, and it has taken off thanks to the passion and commitment of Arum King, Dawoon Kang, and Soo Kang. These women have a deep understanding of what modern singles need because they are single themselves.

“We started paying attention to the dating industry and realized there really were no dating services out there that understood the way women wanted to date,” said Dawoon Kang in a Forbes interview. “Men and women have very different approaches to dating.”

In 2015, these three entrepreneurs made jaws drop when they appeared on “Shark Tank” and turned down Mark Cuban’s $30 million dollar offer to buy the company — the largest offer he had ever made a company on the show — because they believed wholeheartedly in the app’s potential as a cure to online dating burnout.

No doubt about it, CMB’s founders are gutsy, and they’re committed to running this online dating company with integrity. CoffeeMeetsBagel is a free app that’s full of promise for anyone seeking the perfect pairing.

Top Black & Interracial Dating Apps (#10-11)

People have different dating types and preferences, and some singles are turned on by copper skin and kinky hair. It can be difficult to find a black or biracial date online simply because these singles are in the minority in most dating pools. That’s why niche dating networks have popped up to support greater diversity and connect minority groups to dates who meet their standards and share similar life experiences.

10. BlackPeopleMeet


Available on: iOS, Android

  • Relationships: Dates, Relationships
  • Match System: Browse by city, hobbies, age, etc.
  • About the App: The largest black-only online and mobile dating community can be found on BlackPeopleMeet. This popular dating app was designed in 2002 to serve black and biracial singles around the world. Today, BlackPeopleMeet’s easy-to-use chat features and location-based searches allow millions of African American daters to flirt with one another while on the go.
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Since 2002, BlackPeopleMeet has empowered African-American singles to mingle and make a match online. This mission all began with a niche dating site, but now the BlackPeopleMeet app is up and running on iTunes.
The BlackPeopleMeet app has the typical swiping, matching, and chatting features that online daters have come to expect, and it also has detailed search options to let users hunt for dates based on their own criteria. With its niche dating network, BlackPeopleMeet champions diversity and welcomes black and biracial singles as well as anyone who wants to date black and biracial singles.

11. AfroRomance


operates under the motto, “Where love is more than skin deep.” This international dating site specializes in pairing up two people with different racial backgrounds. When they sign up, new members specify their racial preference — black, white, Latino, Asian, etc. — and their preferred age range — 18-25, 26-40, 41-55, or 56+ — for potential matches.

Free members can read and send replies to anyone who messages them, but only premium members can send unsolicited messages on AfroRomance. This helps keep the spammers and scammers at bay. The site is completely mobile-friendly so you access it on any smartphone or tablet.

Screenshot of AfroRomance

AfroRomance helps singles form interracial and international relationships.

AfroRomance’s testimonials speak to its success in the online dating scene. Vanessa and Marc lived thousands of miles apart, but Vanessa was willing to fly to Connecticut just to meet him. She stayed for nine days, and they fell deeply in love with one another. Today, they are living happily in Connecticut and engaged to be married.

Stay open-minded,” advised Vanessa. “Perhaps the person you are talking to may not be your ‘type,’ but get to know them. You never know where it’ll go.”

Top “LGBTQ” Dating Apps (#12-14)

The LGBTQ+ community has embraced online dating as a way of expanding their social networks and finding romance on their terms. A 2017 survey found that LGBTQ+people are nearly twice as likely to have used a dating app. Whether you’re gay, lesbian, trans, queer, bisexual, or none of the above, you can explore the dating scene safely and anonymously thanks to dating apps. The following fabulous apps welcome singles of all orientations and desires.

12. BeNaughty


Available on: iOS, Android

  • Relationships: Casual Encounters
  • Match System: Sort profiles by zip code, appearance, more
  • About the App: On BeNaughty, everyone is interested in finding sexual encounters with no strings attached. Within a couple of minutes, you can get a profile up for $0. Free membership includes unlimited photos, browsing, matches, winks, and chats. BeNaughty also has an advanced anti-fraud system to ensure your personal information stays private while you flirt online.
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BeNaughty is pretty much open to everything. Gay sex. Straight sex. Group sex. Whatever you can imagine. The only limits on this sinfully enjoyable dating site are your imagination.

The BeNaughty platform puts LGBTQ+ singles on the fast-track to romance by offering straightforward matching and live chat features. Many singles post raunchy pictures to get attention and start the conversation on a flirtatious foot. BeNaughty currently supports hookups in the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Canada, and Europe, and it continues to grow year after year.

13. Grindr


is the go-to dating app for gay men on the prowl. Since its launch in 2009, the app has become one of the largest social networking apps for gay, bi, trans, and queer men around the world. In 2018, Grindr expanded into 196 countries and saw over 3.6 million daily users. Altogether, Grindr has over 27 million users.

Grindr is on a mission to bring more love into the world by supporting location-based matches and live chats. To use the words of the website, “At Grindr, we’ve created a safe space where you can discover, navigate, and get zero feet away from the queer world around you.”

Screenshot of Grindr's homepage

Grindr is a free dating app where men can find local dates in the LGBTQ+ community.

The Grindr team has a strong social conscience and works hard to be a leader and advocate on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community. Whether they’re promoting equal rights abroad or developing tools to raise awareness about HIV, Grindr’s team puts the needs of its users first and has made the online dating scene a more positive and accepting place.

14. Hinge


aims to be more than a dating app — it aims to be a relationship app. Think of Hinge like the anti-Tinder. The app is designed to help singles make genuine connections, and that starts with the dating profile. Hinge offers a dozen fun, personalized prompts (favorite Disney movie, worst first date, you’ll know I like you if, my dream job is, etc.) to get the ball rolling. Members add three of these prompts to their profiles plus six photos of themselves.

From curating the most compatible matches to recommending solid date ideas, Hinge has the back of its relationship-minded singles. The app is open to users of all sexual preferences, and many LGBTQ+ singles have trusted their love lives to Hinge.

Screenshot of Hinge

Hinge’s main goal is to get users off the app and into serious relationships.

You get more than a brief byline on Hinge. The app lets singles share basic details regarding their location, education, smoking habits, drinking habits, political ideologies, and religious views, so you get the full picture before swiping left or right on someone.

Hinge is also the first dating app to attempt to track real-world dates and relationships as they form beyond the app. The recently launched We Met feature allows singles to give feedback about how their first dates went and if they think a second date is likely. Don’t worry, Hinge won’t tell your crush what you think about him or her — the app just wants to know how it can improve the experience and help more singles fall in love.

You can read our full review of Hinge here, but basically we’re a big fan of everything it’s doing. A relationship app that prioritizes quality connections is certainly avant-garde in a post-Tinder world, but Hinge is rapidly gaining traction and proving that it’s going to be around for the long haul.

Top “Mature” Dating Apps (#15-16)

As singles get older, dating can become more of a challenge. Meeting date-worthy people typically takes more effort as a 50-something than as a 20-something because the dating pool is smaller, and adults tend to lead more insular lives. Fortunately, dating sites and apps can bridge the gap and help seniors meet one another.

Although seniors aren’t always the most tech-savvy people, they are beginning to see the upside in joining a dating app. Online dating is becoming more popular among senior singles, and that’s good news for the overall health and happiness of mature adults.



Available on: iOS, Android

  • Relationships: Dating and Relationships
  • Match System: Search by age as well as zip, gender, more
  • About the App: Made just for single seniors, OurTime is one of the most well-known niche dating apps. It's a fun and straightforward app with simple swiping features. Once two people swipe right on each other, they can communicate. For more match options, visit the Connect and I'm Interested pages. Plus, if you sign up for OurTime, your profile will appear on its sister site, SeniorPeopleMeet, for free.
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Because of its serious approach to online dating, eharmony tends to attract serious and experienced singles who want to get in a relationship. The typical eharmony member has established a successful career and wants to find a partner to grow old with.

Singles over 50 enjoy the straightforward and values-driven matching features on eharmony, and they can usually afford the membership packages that lead to direct connections. With its 29-point compatibility system, the eharmony app marries old-school values with new-age technology to deliver a quality online dating experience to singles of a certain age.

16. SeniorMatch


is a popular senior dating site with a companion app available on Google Play. The iOS version is set to be released within the year. Since 2003, SeniorMatch has done everything possible to make singles over 50 feel comfortable meeting someone online. Its user-friendly interface walks new members through the profile creation and match process so they can easily get the hang of how it works.

“Easy to use. Lots of senior people,” said a SeniorMatch user in a review. “Have had so much fun with this.”

Screenshot of SeniorMatch

SeniorMatch has a long track record of pairing baby boomers on dates.

The SeniorMatch team has built a global community around senior dating and offers support in the blog section of the site. Over 1 million seniors have joined SeniorMatch so far, making it one of the largest seniors-only dating networks around. SeniorMatch is currently available in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, and Australia. powers SeniorMatch and offers 24/7 customer service by phone. Anyone can call the California-based company at
1-(855)-599-8811 to get advice about how to navigate the site and app.

Top “International” Dating Apps (#17-19)

Just a few decades ago, singles could only meet dates in their vicinity. Anyone out of state or out of the country was pretty much out of the question. Then the internet happened, and people began expanding their horizons and discovering whole new worlds full of social possibilities. Today, online dating connects singles living around the corner as well as around the world. International dating platforms make it easy to find love across borders and create a relationship that can go the distance.



Available on: iOS, Android

  • Relationships: Fun Dates, Serious Relationships
  • Match System: Browse by location, age, interest, and more
  • About the App: Available via the App Store and Google Play, Match is a fantastic app for dates and relationships. With a user base of 30 million singles, Match is where you'll have a high chance of success. It's free to download, create a profile, search for date prospects, and receive compatible matches based on personalized preferences. Free members can also chat with select members and send unlimited likes.
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Match has an active user base in 25 countries and eight territories, and members can use the search tools to find dates in different parts of the world. Since 1995, millions of daters have put their love lives into’s capable hands, and they’ve gained access to a much larger dating scene than they could find at the local bar or brewery.

Match is available in English, German, French, Spanish and multiple other languages, and it seamlessly translates across cultures. Match has reached almost every corner of the world with its love-centric platform, which empowers single men and women to make a match even if they live thousands of miles apart.

18. Bumble

In 2014, Bumble created a buzz in the online dating scene by challenging the assumption that men always have to make the first move in a relationship. This famously feminist dating app requires straight men to sit back and wait for matches to talk to them first. Only women (or LGBTQ+ men) can send the first message on the app.

Bumble is a Texas-based startup, but it has garnered an international following thanks to its forward-thinking and empowering approach to online dating. The dating app currently has over 50 million registered users worldwide, and about 72% of its users are under 35.

Photo of Bumble's office

Bumble has created over 850 million matches since its launch in 2014.

In the last few years, Bumble has expanded from dating to launch Bumble BFF and Bumble Bizz to help people network professionally and socially. These apps have helped individuals locate potential business partners, drinking buddies, workout partners, and more.

“You can learn something new from every person you meet—even if you hate them!” said life coach Marcella Kelson in a blog post. “You can learn about yourself through your interactions with them. As long as you continue to learn from others, you will never be wasting your time.”

19. Badoo

Since it was founded in 2006 in the U.K., Badoo has supported a fast-growing social network with over 420 million members — and counting! This dating app has a global audience stretching across 190 countries, yet it helps individuals navigate that huge dating pool by using advanced match filters and swiping tools.

Badoo members send over 350 million messages a day on average, making it one of the most active social hubs online. The app sees over 400,000 new signups, over 10 million photo uploads, and over 12 billion swipes in a single day.

The Badoo logo

Badoo connects singles across 190 countries and 47 languages.

The Badoo app is available in 47 languages, including English, Spanish, French, and Russian. Its growing online community welcomes people from all walks of life, and distance isn’t an obstacle for Badoo members.

The Badoo team makes an effort to create an inclusive, innovative, and fun atmosphere where people can send messages and emojis to date prospects they may never have met in real life. Check out the app on Google Play or the App Store.

Which Apps Are for Android, iOS, Windows, and BlackBerry?

Most major dating apps are available for Android and iOS devices, and some also have desktop versions of the app up and running. Unfortunately, few dating apps have a version compatible with BlackBerry because there just isn’t much demand for it. BlackBerry has struggled to stay relevant in the tech industry in the last few years. In 2016, BlackBerry represented 0.04827% of the global smartphone market. It seems an old-school keyboard just isn’t what the people want.

Photo of an old-school BlackBerry

BlackBerry devices have fallen out of style, and few dating apps are compatible with them.

BlackBerry is working to regain ground and release more forward-thinking products, but it’s a tough battle in a competitive market and a long road ahead. In the meantime, online daters can use mobile-friendly dating sites on their BlackBerries, or they can seek out niche social apps available on BlackBerry.

What Was the First Dating App?

There is no general consensus about which dating app was on the market first. Tinder holds the title as the world’s first successful dating app because it caused a huge stir when it launched in late 2012. OkCupid was the first major dating site to launch a companion dating app, also in 2012. There were dating apps around before then — Grindr launched as the first gay dating app in March 2009 — but these platforms didn’t gain traction or worldwide recognition until after Tinder made mobile dating cool.

Mobile dating led the dating industry’s growth starting in 2012, and that continues to be true to this day. If you ask us, it all started with Tinder and its ingenious swiping solution. It’s the first dating app that mattered.

What Are Some Common Statistics About Dating Apps?

Online dating is still a new phenomenon, so researchers continue to define how and why people match on apps and sites. We’ve compiled a few of the most interesting and surprising statistics about mobile dating.

OkCupid crunched the numbers and found messages between 40 and 90 characters were the most successful at soliciting a response. They found that just saying “hey” was among the least successful overtures.

Photo of a woman using a dating app

Online dating surveys can lend insight into how to be more successful on dating apps.

Of course, what you look like is just as important as what you say given the superficial environment on dating apps. That isn’t me throwing shade — studies back up the fact that singles rely on visual cues when swiping for matches. In 2012, a tech company found that the average online dater spends less than a minute viewing profiles, and a majority of that time is spent on the photo.

We’ve also seen evidence that young singles are driving the growing interest in mobile dating. In a 2016 Pew Research study, 18- to 24-year-olds were the only demographic that reported using dating apps more often than they used dating sites. Young people in this survey used dating apps at a significantly higher rate (22%) than other age groups (1-13%).

Taken as a whole, online dating usage tripled among 18- to 24-year-olds from 2013 to 2015. The number of over-45 singles using dating sites or apps also rose during this period, but far less dramatically.

Mobile Dating Apps Put Singles on the Path to Success

Online dating may have once been stigmatized as a tool for the lonely and desperate, but nowadays it’s so mainstream that many singles see it as a given: If you want to find a date, you go online.

Young, tech-savvy singles, like my cousin, have no qualms swiping, chatting, and hooking up with dates online, and that has been great news for the overall dating ecosystem. Dating sites and apps have become more efficient, safe, and convenient as more people have joined.

We’ve compiled a list of the best of the best dating apps and showcased their most helpful features for single women in the market for a date. Now that you know what options are out there, you can forge a friendship or a relationship that meets your needs. Have fun!

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