The Ultimate Guide to Hookup Apps

Published Date   05th Sep. 2018, 03:42 am
The Ultimate Guide to Hookup Apps




In a world that is moving at the speed of light, few people still have time for romance and traditional dating. As such, it is no wonder that more and more people are turning to the internet to satisfy their social and romantic needs.

In the last couple of years, Tinder has become the new Facebook, and following its success, the market was flooded by dating and hookup apps. These apps have numerous benefits and they can serve numerous purposes, from finding a quick hookup to finding companionship or even true love.

Nonetheless, many people are still quite skeptical when it comes to online dating. So, if you want to learn more about these apps, we have put together a helpful guide that will tell you everything. There is no know about dating apps, from their pros and cons to useful tips on finding the right app for your needs.

Main advantages of hookup apps

These apps are ideal for anyone who doesn’t have the time for classic dates, and they eliminate many of the challenges of conventional dating. These are the main factors that drive people to date online:

  • Convenience – Hookup apps are very intuitive and easy to use. They can be used by anyone who knows how to use a smartphone. Moreover, given the portability of mobile devices, hookup platforms can be used at any time, from anywhere in the world.

All you need is a smart device and an internet connection, and you can instantly start chatting with the people that interests you. Moreover, creating a profile on a dating app will only take a few minutes of your time. All you must do is fill in some basic information about yourself and upload a profile picture.

Online dating is also more relaxing than conventional dating, as you don’t have to go out into the world, spend hour scanning for potential candidates and assume the risk of being rejected in person. With online dating, you can connect with people from the privacy of your home.

Dating apps will automatically provide you with countless potential candidates, you can chat from the comfort of your home, and if a chat doesn’t go well, you can instantly move on to the next potential candidate.

  • Less stress – Approaching a stranger in a bar or in another public person can be very uncomfortable. First of all, you can never know if the other person will be interested in you, even if you attempted some previous flirts.

People are often open to flirts just for fun, without having any intention of actually hooking up. Moreover, you can never know if the people who you approach are available. Online dating eliminates many of these challenges. You don’t have to put any effort into dressing up, as you can chat from the comfort of your home.

You already know that the people with whom you are talking are available, and if they agreed to chat with you, it is pretty clear that they are interested in you. And even if you do get rejected, at least it will happen in the comfort of your home, and you can quickly move on to the next candidate.

  • Meet new and exciting people –Making new friends gets increasingly difficult after a certain age. In fact, you must put a lot of time and effort into meeting new people, and most of the time, the new people that you meet will be very similar to you, since they will probably be friends of your friends, or people with similar interests as you.

On the other hand, a hookup up can be a great way to meet new people effortlessly, people with diverse interests and different backgrounds. People are also more likely to be themselves online, where there is no social pressure, so you will be able to meet people on a deeper level, a lot faster than you would in real life.

  • Real expectations – In real life, people are not very open regarding their romantic expectations, as they are afraid of scaring off potential candidates. However, as we already mentioned, people are more likely to be themselves online, especially on dating and hookup apps.

After all, the purpose of these apps is to find your compatible candidates based on your preferences. Your dating profile can be as detailed as you want it to be, so you can write everything that you are looking for in a romantic relationship or in a casual affair.

People are also very open about their sexual preferences in the online world, so if you are looking for an exciting experience, you have far more chances of finding it online than in the real world.

Potential Disadvantages

Nothing in life is perfect, so it should come as no surprise that even hookup apps can come with a couple of disadvantages.

  • Less live social interaction –Dating apps are a sort of social networks. However, like most online social networks, they do tend to minimize the actual live social interactions.

So, while dating apps, can make it easier for you to interact and hookup with different people, they could make it harder for you to interact with people in real life. Approaching a stranger in a public place and asking for a date, requires a certain degree of social skills that only come with practice. So, make sure to not limit your dating life solely to dating apps.

  • Potential safety issues –Ideally, you should only use apps that require some personal information for creating an account. Most apps ask for either a phone number or a social media account.

This measure is good for preventing fake accounts, although users can still upload fake pictures. Nonetheless, unless you are only dating people you know or friends of your friends, safety will always be a concern in the dating process.

As such, it is advised to only date in public locations at first, and if you plan on going to a less public place, ask for some type of identification information that you can pass on to a friend.

Tips on finding the right app for your needs

Everyone has different dating needs and preferences, so there isn’t a single app that can satisfy everybody. Tinder seems to be the most popular choice, but it does have certain downsides, such as the limited number of options.

Moreover, since it is so popular, Tinder can cause some embarrassing moments as you can run into everyone you know there. To find the perfect app, you need to consider all your options, and make an informed choice, based on the factors that really matter.

  • Authentication method – As we already mentioned, you should only use apps that require some sort of personal information for the authentication, to minimize the chances of interacting with fake accounts.
  • User interactions – Depending on what type of interactions you would seek, you can choose between several apps. Any app will allow you a basic chat option. However, some apps will also allow you to send pictures, or to schedule video chats.
    If you are not a fan on online interactions, you can try How About We, an app that puts the focus on real dates, allowing to post date ideas and attract people with similar interests. If you are interested in serious relationships, consider Coffee Meets Bagel or Bumble.
  • Location system – If you are only interested in text and video chats, you don’t need an app with a location system. However, if you want to date in real life, you need an app that will only show you nearby people. The best location system is the one used by Happn. This app is ideal for romantic people, as it shows you people that visit the same locations that you do.
  • Matching system – People looking only for one-night stands and casual affairs base their date choices solely on looks. However, if you are looking for a more serious relationship, or even an affair with a twist, you will need an app with a good matching system, in which case we recommend PlentyOfFish, OkCupid or Match.com.
    Hitch is also an interesting option, as it lets your friends find the right matches for you. Assuming that your friends know you well, enough and that you trust them not to prank you, this app can lead to some really fun dates.
  • Your personality –If you have specific personality quirks, don’t worry as there are many apps that can come to your rescue. For example, if you think that blind dates are awkward, you can try Grouper, an app that lets a couple of your best friends go with you on a date.
    Your match will also bring two friends, and instead of an awkward one-on-one date, you will have a fun night with a group of friends. How the night ends is up to you. If you are passionate about healthy living and mindfulness, you can try MeetMindful. There are even apps specifically designed for Christians or Jews.

Tips for guaranteed success on dating apps

While dating apps make the whole dating process less complicated, you still have to put some effort on your part.

First of all, be mindful of your profile, as it is your only chance at a first good impression.

Use a clear and flattering profile picture and try to describe yourself in an interesting way. Moreover, to avoid wasting your time and the time of your matches, be clear about your interests and your intentions from the start.

Trying to deceive your matches will only get you to a certain point. If you meet in real life and they discover that you deceived them, it is very unlikely for the date to end in an actual hookup.

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