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Dating Apps: Tinder, Bumble or Raya?

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No one ever said that finding the perfect mate was easy, but the mobile Internet has put almost every single person in your vicinity at your fingertips. Even a few years ago, Internet dating meant tethering yourself to your computer. Thanks to mobile devices and location-sensing apps, the whole world has become your playground for dates, hookups and long-term relationships.

1. Tinder

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Tinder Dating Apps

Tinder is one of the most famous dating apps out there and the first choice of the best dating apps for daters. As successful as it is ar forming long distance relationships and successful marriages. Moreover, Tinder has been accused of changing dating into some form of a hookup game. However, it is the top of the dating apps for the first port-of-call for a number of daters.

Nowadays, Tinder does not require to have a Facebook account in order to enable it, however, users still need to be older than 18 years old. When users have signed in, they can set up a concise profile with 500 character bio and 6 photos. In addition, you can link your Tinder account to Facebook or Instagram with some personal information such as school or university. Then the real fun begins!

Tinder shows users a photo, name, and age. After that users can tap on the photo to see additional information regarding the person and Facebook friends users share. To like them users swipe right and left to pass or even up (super like) if you want to show them that you really like them. If you and another person have both swiped right on one another, a screen will appear showing that you have matched and you can send a message to them.

Tinder actually has one of the best user interfaces of any dating app around. Furthermore, you get no unsolicited messages because no one can message you unless you have shown interest in them. Tinder is one of the most popular dating apps with more than 50 million users.

2. Bumble

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Bumble dating app

Overall, Bumble looks similar to Tinder but functions a tad differently. The big catch with Bumble is that once two people of opposite genders match, the woman must message the guy first. She has 24 hours to do so before their connection disappears. Guys can extend matches for 24 hours, if they are really hoping to hear from a woman, as can ladies, if they want to initiate something with a match but just have not had the time during the first day. For same-gender matches, either person can initiate the conversation first.

Profiles are concise and settings are also pared down, like with Tinder, but swiping up allows you to scroll through additional photos instead of super-liking someone. This means that just because someone twitches their thumb up on your photo, you won’t have to see their profile first every time you open the app, even though you swipe left on their profile every time. In addition, you can shake your phone to undo a rogue swipe if you nixed someone.

Bumble also checks off the boxes for usability, a slick user interface, and easy setup. It is also the only app that clearly states plainly and prominently that it prohibits pornographic material, requires its users to respect one another, and has a code of conduct in place specifically to make it a safe and friendly place.

3. Raya

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Raya Dating App

Unlike other apps, once you download Raya, you need to complete an application as well as have a referral from a current member. Your application is then assessed by certain algorithmic values before being evaluated by an anonymous committee. The entire process can take anywhere from several weeks, and once you are approved there is a monthly membership fee of $8 to use the service.

The app itself is well designed and pretty straightforward. You need to set up your profiles; for dating and for networking. When your profile is active you can review closely curated dating prospects or access the Social Mode that shows you different hotspots where other members are hanging out.

Since the initial application process is so rigorous and Raya has a strict code of conduct, you will find members tend to be more respectful of others. They are also more invested in the app which means they are more likely to meet other members in person. Overall, Raya seems like a good app for people who are serious about finding like-minded partners or friends.

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