Spotlight: Things You Need to Know About Online Dating!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Spotlight: Things You Need to Know About Online Dating!

Online dating websites and applications have revolutionized the way human beings find their mates. Gone are the days where our choices in romantic partners are confined to where we “organically” spend our lives at – school, work, interest groups, events and clubs to name a few.

 

We now have a plethora of dating apps for us to choose from, but which ones are the best for us? It’s important to know that each app has different key features because everyone has different priorities. All the apps mentioned here are free to use, with the option to pay for an account upgrade. Let’s break it down.

TINDER

How the magic happens?

Tinder allows their users to swipe right (like) and swipe left (dislike) on other user profiles based on Location Based Search(LBS). Users can talk to one another if both have swiped right on each other

What makes it awesome?

Users can link their Instagram account to their Tinder profiles. Rather than just the 6 chosen photos Tinder allows, other users can have a better glimpse into how the people with their linked account looked like.

The price of love

Depending on whether you are a girl or guy, the price for Tinder PLUS & Tinder GOLD varies.  Men usually only pay between $3 – $5/month, while most women are charged $10 – $13/month!

Upon subscribing, users will get:
  • Unlimited swipes
  • 5 Super Likes/day
  • Hide your age
  • Rewind wrong left (dislike) swipes
  • Swipe in different parts of the world
  • Monthly profile boosts (Tinder GOLD)
  • See who right-swiped you (Tinder GOLD)

Super Like:

Let users alert a potential match of their undying affection before they swipe, displaying a little notification when the Super Liking user’s profile is served to the object of their desire.

Verdict:

While the idea of giving users a boost and unlimiting swiping option is a tempting deal, Tinder without subscribing is an app that does pretty much well on it’s own (for females). Let’s be honest it’s subjective on who swipes on you and most likely you are going to see left swipes more on the average Joe’s than right!

PAKTOR

How the magic happens?

A localized version of Tinder, Paktor boasts a community consisting mostly of Singaporeans. Same as Tinder, you swipe right on a profile to like and left to reject.

What makes it awesome?

Users can help vote for your best photo on your profile. Is it you with a dog? You doing something spontaneous or sporty? You can also pose a question to a user, without being matched yet!

The price of love

For $37.98/month or $18.33/month for 6 months, you get :
  • Seeing who viewed and liked you
  • Monthly profile boosts.
  • Send more “gifts” to other users.

 

Verdict:

Don’t get your hopes up, I don’t mean physical gifts. They are GIFs that you can send to a user, even if they haven’t returned the right swipe. I received a “bowl of noodles” that I can’t actually eat, so I’d say the account upgrade is pretty much redundant. You can use this app for free without many limitations!

BADOO

 

How the magic happens?

Just like Tinder, you “Play to Match” by swiping right and left. You can also “Discover Who’s Nearby” on a page that specifically shows you profiles of people physically near you.

What Makes It Awesome

Users have to verify their profiles through photo verification. The app will show you a picture of a model doing a pose and users have submit a photo of themselves mimicking it. So we can go on Badoo assured that we won’t be meeting a 50-year old with a belly-button fetish, thinking we were going to meet a cute 23 year-old law student.

The Price of Love

Badoo offers a credit system. You get 100 credits for just $2.98 and if you’re planning to go all out, $51.98 will get you a whopping 2,750 credits. So, what can you do with these credits?

 

50 credits – Move your profile to the top.

100 credits – Get more matches, visits & messages.

 

Verdict:

I’d say, Badoo is a very cost-efficient option! You don’t have to worry about feeling obliged to use the app because you’ve already paid the bill for the whole month. You pay as you go!

 

OKCUPID

How The Magic Happens

Known for being the app one should go to for more serious matches, rather than hook-ups, OkCupid also works on a swipe-to-match system. However, users can still send you messages, without a mutual right-swipe.

What Makes It Awesome

Users have to answer a personality questionnaire. “What do I want in life?”, “Six things I can’t live without”, “On a typical Friday night, I am…” This makes it easier for users to judge whether or not a person would be a good match, beyond their physical appearance. Obviously, this is important when you are looking for a real partner, not just someone for the night.

The Price of Love

OkCupid also runs on a pay-as-you-go system. For $2.39, you can get 10 boosts to increase your profile’s visibility. A very reasonable price for love!

Verdict:

A precise and validating application. Answering the personality questionnaire might get you a more accurate and idealistic match. But, after awhile, I find myself getting tired and lazy answering the questions. I wished that there were other ways then just answering them to get better matches.

HAPPN

How The Magic Happens

On Happn, you swipe profiles of users who you’ve physically crossed paths with in the last 24 hours.

What Makes It Awesome

You get to find users who might have similar daily routines as you. The app actually shows you the date, time and location that you’ve crossed paths with someone. This gives you the ability to see if someone crosses paths with you often. Is it fate? Better swipe! If you’re also not up for that Pasir Ris – Jurong relationship, you can consider your options here.

The Price of Love

An account upgrade will set you back $20.98 for a month, or $12.67/month for 6 months. All you really get out of it would be the disappearance of advertisements. So really, we can use the app for free.

Verdict:

Innovative yet not convinced! Be it things that “Happn” for a reason, this app is purely on what they determined as fate. Kudos to such an innovative idea of cross pathing, but I still have my reservations on type of person I’m meeting. As for the upgrades, it wouldn’t be necessary as it’s just ads and they don’t really bother me.

So, which App Should We Use?

Overall, Badoo, with it’s 60 million active users every month, has the most value for money because you can choose when to put a cap on your budget. However, if you are Singaporean and prefer to cast your net locally, It may not be your best option as not many of the Badoo’s users are not local.

 

Paktor would make your search for a local partner easier than Badoo, but has a much smaller user database. Its’ payment plans are also honestly way too expensive. They say you can’t put a price on love, but shelling out nearly $40/month may not be worth it.

 

OKCupid would be a good option if you are looking to avoid casual hook-ups and something cost-effective.

 

If you’re open to things going either way, Tinder is a good place to explore your options with it’s 50 million active users worldwide (Singaporeans included).

As for Happn, it might be worth keeping in your pocket in case you walk by someone cute and they happen to be on, well, Happn.

 

With all this handy information, may you have all the best in your online-dating adventure!

 

 

For a more in-depth review, don’t forget to check out our Spotlight video in the link below!

Article by Rachel Wan for NOC’s Spotlight.