A friend who uses it tells me: “It’s good if you’re picky…
Cost: Free For people who hate the forced feel of a first online date, Doing Something might be the answer.
It lets you pick a match based on their date suggestion, whether it’s a sushi-making masterclass or rollercoaster ride.
The website says it “takes the awkward out of dating”, but the drawback might be that it’s only London-focused - and handling raw fish with someone you don't fancy could be a lot worse than just having a drink with them.
Cost: £10 per month This sells itself as a ‘feminist’ app.
It works in a similar way to Tinder, the only difference is that Bumble only allows women to start a conversation with their matches and they have just 24 hours to do so before the connection disappears. The idea is to stop women getting loads of sleazy messages – but I have it on good authority that some men are taking advantage of this and view the app as an opportunity for them to 'sit back and do nothing', while women ‘rush around trying to message the potential loves of their lives in 24 hours.’ Not exactly the epitome of equality… This is one of the biggest dating sites out there, and a lot of people I know have had relationship success here.
The bonus is that users can fill in a lot of information about themselves, so you can tell who's after casual sex and who wants more.
But the app has fallen in popularity compared to Tinder, and the fact that you can receive messages from anyone - without matching first - means that your inbox can quickly become clogged with sleaze. It matches you with people based on your location and a shared interest in music.
It can import your favourite tunes from your smartphone or and does the hard work for you by collating matches.
I was not expecting it to happen so quickly but I am very happy that it did. If your not really fun and sparkly then don't say so.
My advice would be, try to be completely honest and straight with your description of yourself, it saves lots of time and means you don't spend time talking to people who are unsuitable.
One of the biggest issues that she and her friends have with online dating isn’t so much the people they meet, but which site they meet them on.