Online dating might not be a new concept, but as with most ways that we communicate online, it is always changing. In fact, the way we communicate to find a date has been adapting forever – did you know the first lonely-hearts advert appeared in print in 1695? This just goes to show that we have been forever looking for love with the tools open to us and online dating is no exception.
Online Dating Sites
When it comes to online dating websites, there are many different ones for people to choose from – there are even Facebook community groups aimed towards single local people meeting other people. The likes of Plenty of Fish and OkCupid have been around since the early 2000s, although dating sites such as Tinder and Bumble are much newer – with Bumble being one of the newest dating sites on the block. These days most dating sites have been developed into apps – so people can use mobile phones and other devices to meet their next date – in many ways, meeting someone new has never been easier.
Bumble vs. Tinder
Both of these offered something new to the world of dating when they were launched, although as expected many dating websites have upgraded their features to offer similar products.
Tinder aimed to be a quick match site – you swipe right or left on a person’s profile picture depending on whether you like them or not. If you both match as a ‘like’ then you get the opportunity to message each other. The idea was that you could make a snap judgement on whether you found someone attractive or not and then get to know them a little better later if they found you equally as good looking.
Bumble is a dating app that gives power back to women. On this app only women can send the first message, which is a big deal seeing as a majority of first messages on traditional dating websites are sent by men. They also have other options on the app, such as meeting a new friend as opposed to a romantic interest.
Will Bumble Ever Be As Big As Tinder?
You don’t have to delve very far into social media to find a woman sharing a terrible dating story. Of course, both genders have their fair share of dating mishaps, but it does seem that men are more inclined to share a rude message or photo. With Bumble, because women get the choice of whom to message and whether to carry on a conversation, it means that they are less likely to receive an upsetting message.
Social media is full of messages about strong women and women not settling for less, which means that apps such as Bumble where they get to be much more in charge are likely to continue to rise in popularity. A recent study found that Tinder will always have their place, it’s currently ranked top dating app on the iOS store of 86% of 165 countries that were recently researched by but apps such as Bumble are likely to start claiming a larger market share.