Here are a couple of new and upcoming dating apps that are taking a different approach: Cutting out the chit-chat and taking you straight to the dates.
A fresh graduate from 500 Startups’ Batch 10, Whim was founded by an Okcupid Labs alumna, Eve Peters, who wants to help singles cut to the chase and go on dates.
And, whether you're brand new to the online dating game or a total pro by now, it helps to know the buzzwords, types of pictures (hint: it's NOT the duck face selfie you took in the bathroom) and the interests that get the most dates. Guys Should Smile In Their Pics No more too-cool-for-school poses, fellas.
Digital technology and smartphones in particular have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people seek out and establish romantic relationships.
The share of 18- to 24-year-olds who use online dating has roughly tripled from 10% in 2013 to 27% today.
Online dating use among 55- to 64-year-olds has also risen substantially since the last Pew Research Center survey on the topic.
When we first studied online dating habits in 2005, most Americans had little exposure to online dating or to the people who used it, and they tended to view it as a subpar way of meeting people.
Today, nearly half of the public knows someone who uses online dating or who has met a spouse or partner via online dating – and attitudes toward online dating have grown progressively more positive.
To be sure, many people remain puzzled that someone would want to find a romantic partner online – 23% of Americans agree with the statement that “people who use online dating sites are desperate” – but in general it is much more culturally acceptable than it was a decade ago.
Online dating has jumped among adults under age 25 as well as those in their late 50s and early 60s.
But it does indeed get you to a date and gets you over the hurdle of asking a match to meet.