A beginner’s guide to the best dating apps

Gone are the days of traditional dating as many quarantined singles move from the streets to their screens in an attempt to meet that special someone.

While the pandemic has crushed normal courting rituals like restaurant dinners and nights at the cinema, virtual dating platforms such as Tinder, Bumble and Hinge have seen a surge in user engagement and online video dates.

“People are realising the value of having someone incredible in their lives and they’re taking more time to chat and get to know each other,” relationship expert Samantha Jayne said.

“They’re also getting creative on dates, listening to music, cooking together and becoming friends first.

Whether you’re looking for a casual fling or your next long-term relationship, Jayne gives her best dating app and website picks for every type of person.

BUMBLE

A fast-moving app – if it’s a match, the woman has to be the first one to make the move or else the opportunity to connect expires. You might find yourself having longer conversations before the actual date.

Best for: Women who want to make the first move

Top feature: Includes a video and voice chat features that appear only when you have made a connection with them in all three areas — BFF, Date, and Bizz.

TINDER

When two people swipe right on each other and match, either one of you can start…

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