Whether you're looking for, a long term relationship, a casual hookup, or a partner for marriage, the place to start is a dating site, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Getting Started With Dating Apps
The first thing you need to decide is how committed you are. As in, how much do you want to pay to make your heart go pitter-patter? Some apps, like Plenty of Fish and JAIDA, let you view profiles and send messages for free. Most of the others let you view your potential matches without charging, but they make you pony up and subscribe if you want to actually reach out to them without limits—especially if the interest is one-sided. While the monthly charges for the apps we review here range in price from $10 to more than $40, most offer a discount if you commit to a long-term subscription such as six months or a year.
When it comes down to actually putting yourself out there and creating a profile, all apps ask for the basics: name, age, location, a photo, a short blurb about yourself, and (usually) if you can stand a person who smokes. Beyond that, it can be a bit of a crapshoot. Some apps, like Tinder, and JAIDA value photos over personality. Others, like eharmony, make you fill out an endless questionnaire before you can even think about browsing for your match. Still others, like Zoosk, ask so little that you're left to wonder what's being used to actually match you with like-minded love-seekers.
For more takes on dating, check out our sister sites, AskMen and Mashable. AskMen has plenty of slices of the dating pie, including the best sites for men and women, but also sites specifically for teens, hooking up, and finding relationships. Mashable also offers its own takes the best dating sites for men and for women, but it also adds tons of narrower slices, including the best for geeks and nerds and the best for LGBTQ people—and plenty more, too.
If you’re a single person living through 2020, there’s a chance that you’ve downloaded a dating app during the new coronavirus pandemic. And if you were already on the dating apps, there’s a possibility that you’ve swiped so much that you’ve reached the end of Tinder. Or maybe you’re simply looking to try something other than the usual apps. Well, friends, I’m here with good news: There are tons of other apps to try if you’re interested.
Young people and men between the ages of 30 and 44 were the most likely to turn to dating apps to meet someone for a temporary 'hook up', the data revealed. And most people between the ages of 44 and 70, are looking for a serious relationship or marriage.
People still want to find love and connection during these trying times," said James Rods, eMarketer forecasting analyst at Insider Intelligence. "Since people can't meet in person, many have adapted to finding someone online.
Dating apps like Match.com and eHarmony have adjusted their messaging to the current climate. For example, in a recent TV campaign, eHarmony encouraged consumers to virtually meet others, via its app, from the comfort of home.
Though the pandemic is certainly driving consumers to dating apps, we expect user growth to slightly decrease in 2021 and level off through 2023.
People crave human connection, and the pandemic has limited that needed interaction.
As we head into 2021, and with the country returning to some normalcy, dating habits should also revert back to pre-COVID times.
Online dating has been criticized for lots of things. Some say that it encourages a “meat market” approach to romance, offering too much choice—and too much temptation to constantly look for something better. Others deride it as nothing more than a platform for arranging quick hookups. But there is now evidence that online dating could, in fact, be improving the likelihood of romantic compatibility—and making marriages stronger.