AN increasing number of people are turning to apps in a bid to find love as the stresses of daily life seemingly leave little time to find someone in real life.
But apps are also a handy way to suss out the competition, and can provide an outlet for spontaneous fun or just an interesting rummage through who’s available.
By being on there, you’re advertising that you’re looking for fun, love or a relationship, while being able to swipe through so many potentials brings in the speed dating element, trying to meet as many people at once.
Most are free but have a premium version where users can pay extra for some benefits.
Clicking on someone’s picture will bring up their full profile, and Tinder has added new features such as "superlikes", although the number of free ones are limited per day.
If someone superlikes you, you will get a notification even if you have never seen their profile, and you can choose to respond.
In many cases love blossoms, and these apps now credit themselves with being behind weddings and children.
If you're meeting up with someone for the first time make sure you stay safe as it still is a blind date.The app is designed to shake up old-fashioned power dynamics by putting women in control.But there is a time limit of 24 hours, so if no message is sent the match disappears.Describing itself as “a movement”, they have tips on how to make a profile stand out.They suggest making sure your first photo is your best, keep the highlight reel real, ensure to include lots of information, flaunt your ‘most special and specific self’, and ask a guy mate to give it the once over.On Bumble, when a man and woman match – only the woman can send the first message.