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“To start with, the fact that I was on there looking for hot and fun people to hook up with, and anyone I matched with was looking for the same, meant that I got to skip the awkward first few dates,” she tells me.“It also meant that I knew what I was in for, so I was never worried about someone suddenly becoming a slimeball.And because, as we've established, the dating rigamarole kind of sucks in general, that means a lot of people have opinions about it.But you have to hand it to Tinder, they really did change the game (for better or worse).“None of the men seemed cute enough, and a lot of them were exactly as gross and Air-Drop-a-dick-pic-slimy as the stereotypes go,” she explains.Sick of typical dating but still wanting to take the guesswork out of meeting people, she started to feel like she had to settle.We met on a dating app and it’s less a product of my creativity and more a product of my generation.
Iliza Shlesinger, in her new Netflix special, , has a bit about online dating.“We didn't have to hide those facets of ourselves, and that made it easier—at least for me—to feel good about just getting to know him and figure out that we had a genuine connection.” Hinge may seem like it plays second-fiddle to the likes of Tinder, but it has a pretty elite user base (99 percent of its daters went to college, for example).Hinge’s CEO compared his app to Facebook, versus Tinder’s Myspace—sometimes for interface reasons (Hinge is aimed at the college-educated set) and sometimes for class reasons (much has been written on the ways dating app algorithms may favor white people).In theory, dating apps are simply a way to meet potential love or sex partners.
These smartphone-dwelling matchmakers can even facilitate experimentation, helping users code for and discover what they want from another person in any given moment.So given the evidence, and the fact that it’s totally okay to think dating online sucks and still do it anyway, I wanted to know: Which apps come most recommended by people who fuckin’ hate to date? Some of their answers won’t surprise you—even if their reasoning does—while other options are refreshingly new.For many modern daters, the name “Tinder" should be accompanied by the Darth Vader theme song.“I don’t like to tell people how we met,” she says of her fiancé.