Dating to me should always play out like the cripplingly awkward and creepingly embarrassing televisual nightmare that was Blind Date, with three people desperately vying for the attention of one other (and a free holiday) under the direction of a shrill Scouse songstress. However, in the ultra-busy days of the 21st century not only do singletons not have the time to be humiliated on TV, they don’t even have the time to meet people in more conventional ways. The answer to not dying alone? Online dating apps…
Of course, my days on the dating circuit ended way back before smartphones even existed when I was hideously disfigured by marriage, but with over 1000 separate dating apps available on Android, most with healthy download figures and ratings, it seems clear the way to meet and match these days is on your mobile. Consequently, and furtively without letting my wife see, I’ve checked out five of the top Google Play options…
Rather enigmatically, OkCupid Dating claims to use ‘math and computers’ to make your matches, but Americanised ‘math(s)’ and the statement aside this free dating and social networking app opens up the entire meet-market of OkCupid.com on your Android, with profiles, status updates, match messaging and a Locals feature for more immediately convenient meetings. You may not find Mr or Mrs Right, but it’ll definitely narrow your chances.
The biggest of all the dating apps, Zoosk has enjoyed nearly 36,000 downloads and boasts tens of thousands of members. Free to join, uploading images and building a profile can be done within a few clicks, while GPS browsing gives you access to other searching singles loose in your area, just in case travel is not an option or, indeed, you just really need company both badly and immediately!
Gay Chat & Dating – Jack’d
Something now for chaps who prefer a partner whose match potential goes beyond personality, the straightforwardly named Gay Chat & Dating – Jack’d is the biggest get-together app for the gay community with around 1.7 million members. With a match finder, photo galleries, push notifications, favourites and filtering, fear not, there’ll always be a fella on your phone.
Plenty of Fish, to give it it’s full title, makes the heady claim of being the world’s largest online dating site with over 40 million users, so if you can’t find someone here, lifelong loneliness awaits! Search by yourself via profiles and places or let the app suggest people that may titillate your tastes and become your catch of the day. Catch? Fish? Suit yourself. Just don’t describe yourself as having a GSOH…
Rated rather highly by nearly 24,000 happy downloaders, the no-nonsense named Dating is not so much a serious means to hunting down and trapping a life-partner, but more a means to chat and flirt online with the option of hooking up using an invite facility in a local bar if you hit it off with someone. Allowing you to post pictures, see who’s available in your immediate vicinity, write on the wall and, of course, post a profile, Dating is certainly the most direct way to find a ‘friend’!