Meeting your partner through an app is an increasingly common social phenomenon. But, until the advent of the Internet, most couples emerged from common environments. Your father was friends with a friend of your mother’s friend, or they had gone to the same high school together. Love was local.
Online chat rooms, social networks, and, eventually, dating apps have become the evolution of personal relationships. Digital natives (millennials and post-millennials) are used to using them because they are very useful, and their functionality and possibilities are the keys. Becoming an avid user of such apps paves the way to understanding post-millennials and establishing a connection with them.
But are these apps the future? What types exist? Do they work? Why are they free? We answer these and other questions that come to your mind when you install one of these dating apps on your cell phone and get ready to meet new people.
You’ve got a match!
The user chooses the ultimate goal of dating apps. The ambitious ones are looking for the love of their life, those looking for new friends with common tastes, and even those just looking for a good time. And it all starts with a match. Well, first you have to download the app and register!
Most dating apps, such as Lovoo, Tinder, or Badoo, are free. Others are paid, such as Meetic. Each has its own specific functions and operates differently, although they all share the search for new relationships.
Tinder is one of the best-known apps like Instagram, Snapchat, Spotify, and many more, popularizing the term match, which occurs when two people rate each other as “likes.” After a very brief check-in, one can swipe left or right to tell the app who you don’t like and who you do, respectively.
The term swipe has become so overused that it’s part of current American parlance, and there’s even been a series titled Sideswiped that humorously discusses the complexity of matching with the perfect partner, whether one uses a dating app or not.
Lovoo also works by swiping the screen, and the exciting feature of knowing who’s nearby works very well. For many, location is still an important factor.
Badoo has a similar service (plus the ability to open in the browser) and an intuitive way to filter by age or likes.
For its part, Meetic sells a service of a certain quality compared to free applications. The truth is that both algorithms are incredibly careful and that their business model is direct rather than based on the sale of data to third parties. This is an interesting point.
The importance of security in any app you use
Dating apps are extraordinarily useful, but as any app or website you use – you have to take care of protection. The more sensitive data is being used – the more protection it deserves. Moreover, practicing good cybersecurity habits, such as using strong passwords, enabling two-factor authentication, and regularly updating privacy settings, enhances the overall defense against potential threats.
Being proactive in securing personal information on these platforms ensures a safer and more enjoyable online interaction, whether it’s connecting with potential matches or engaging in online activities like gaming and/or gambling. If you visit sites like Bodog (for gambling) 893or platforms like Blizzard (for video games), you will see how they ask you for a lot of information for your security, so nobody steals your data.
Internet security is important enough to keep in mind that our data is “public” on these platforms. In other words, any user can read what is exposed in our profile, so it is important to choose well the apps or platforms where we want to meet people, play, or entertain us.
Do dating apps work?
Answering with “it depends” is not only the most formal but also the most accurate. Apps for making new contacts have great strengths, such as the ability to search for related profiles or meet new social circles. On the other hand, only some users are looking for the same type of interaction, and some apps seem to be geared to different purposes.
Badoo and Tinder, for example, are categorized in the collective imagination as apps for speed dating, while Meetic is promoted as dating, long-term and stable. Lovoo straddles the line between the two.
Just as we choose a cell phone based on our personal needs, the choice of an app is a first step. Setting up our profile is the second, for which it is recommended to fill in all fields as accurately as possible. And since nowadays many smartphones have 24 MP cameras with AI assistance, what better way to use these tools?
Like this camera, dating apps also work through complex algorithms. The more data we provide about ourselves, the more accurate the suggestions will be. In the episode Hang the DJ, from ‘Black Mirror’, it can be seen in a futuristic science fiction style how the next evolution of these applications will work and how the affinity percentage is calculated.
Since not all users are looking for the same thing, respecting the person’s decisions on the other side of the screen is important. Not everyone wants to find a couple, and not everyone wants to find a friend. That is why good communication via chat is so important, a tool that all these applications incorporate natively. We also need to be cautious about what information we share.