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Sick of Swiping? These Dating Apps Go Beyond A Hookup

Online dating isn't easy—and it hasn't gotten any easier with the prevalence of apps that are more suited to finding flings than long-term romance. But they aren't the only options out there.

Tinder, the dating application that lets you swipe right or left to “heart” or “X” profiles of people around you, is quickly becoming the hookup app of choice. And of course the unabashedly sex-driven app Down—yes, the one formerly known as Bang With Friends—uses your social network to set you up with people your friends know.

But there are plenty of reasons to think you’re not likely to meet the love of your life by swiping him or her into the “yes” category, though it can be a fun way to kill time while at a bar or a party. If you’re sick of swiping and still holding out for your soul mate, you might want to check out a few apps that aim to take dating back to its more traditional roots. 

Matches Based On Visual Interests

Remember when dating exclusively about personality? No, me neither. But the mobile application Twine Canvas puts interests before looks to match people based on what they have in common. 

Twine Canvas takes the best feature of the Visual Web—a photo collage canvas—to build a beautiful and intriguing profile made up of interests. Users can browse different personality collages, and if they mutually like one another’s collections, the application reveals their profile pictures. Each person can then accept or ignore the invite.

“We built Twine Canvas as an anti-hookup app; our aim is to help people express themselves and make interesting connections,” Elliotte Bowerman told me. She's the spokesperson for SourceBits, the developer of Twine Canvas. “We do recognize physical attraction is important in dating, but people are looking for beauty and brains. We decided to focus on personality because we wanted to help people express who they are first, before sharing what they look like.”

If both accept the match, they can start chatting. Twine Canvas helps jumpstart the conversation with a variety of icebreakers, suggesting topics based on individual profiles. Questions like “How much time do you spend procrastinating on Reddit?” take the awkwardness out of first contact.

Twine Canvas is only available for iOS, but the company plans to launch on Android as well.  

A Focus On Mutual Suggestions

Sometimes dating applications can turn into epicenters of egocentricity as potential matches text to impress one another.

The application HowAboutWe focuses more on we than me. When you sign up, you’re encouraged to post your favorite date ideas in the form of “How about we ____?” After filling up your own profile, you can browse others on the site and reach out if anyone suggests something you might enjoy, such as “How about we go to the new wine bar that just opened in my neighborhood.” 

Beyond that, HowAboutWe acts as your own personal dating assistant by providing suggestions for upcoming dates, advice on how to improve your dating life, and information about events in your area.

If you happen to meet that special someone (or already met your match), HowAboutWe has a couples dating service, too. Simply login and set your interests, and HowAboutWe will offer date ideas in your area that might be of interest. Your account is for both you and your partner so you can team up to plan special nights out. 

There are free and paid tiers on HowAboutWe—some of the dating deals are only available for members who pay a nominal subscription per month. 

HowAboutWe is available for both iOS and Android

Blind Group Dates Don’t Have To Be Awkward

Have you ever wanted to go on a blind date, but felt uncomfortable on your own? Grouper aims to change all that. The “social club” sets up drinks between two groups of friends—three guys and three girls; three guys and three guys, etc.—and sets you up with a free drink at a predetermined location.

The application uses Facebook login to appropriately match the two groups using age, educational background, profession, interests and lifestyle. Grouper doesn’t disclose the names or information of the people you’re meeting up with, so you’ll have a nice surprise when you get to the venue.

At $20 per person, Grouper takes care of the reservation and first round of drinks. Also, it’s not reserved for singles; sometimes it’s nice to just meet new friends.

Grouper started out as a Web-based application, but is also available on iOS

Say Yes Or No, Just Once A Day

Feeling overwhelmed with the number of matches you get each day? Coffee Meets Bagel simplifies that. 

Once a day at noon, the application sends you one potential match (or “bagel”), and you have 24 hours to say yes or no. If it’s a mutual “like,” then you’re connected via a text message or a phone call.

Coffee Meets Bagel also uses Facebook to connect you with potential matches that have mutual friends. According to the company, having mutual friends between matches result in 40% more connections. Coffee Meets Bagel also sells “coffee beans” or tokens that let users unlock features like getting a second chance with a “bagel” you missed. 

Coffee Meets Bagel is available for iOS with an Android app coming soon. 

Lead image by Flickr user Instantvantage

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14 Simple Ways Peanuts Taught Us What Love Is

Relationships have changed quite a bit since the free-loving '60s. With online dating, sex apps and robot weddings, hippies would hardly know where to start.

Despite our technological advances, the truth is, good old-fashioned romance has kept up with the times — whether we realize it or not. Charles Schulz knew a lot about relatability, and his 1965 book about matters of the heart still holds up today.

Love Is Walking Hand in Hand features comics of the Peanuts gang alongside adorable quips about what defines love. Whether it's sharing a snack or letting the other person win in Words With Friends, these small acts of affection have kept love alive for decades. Read more...

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January 28 2014

Dating App for LGBT Women Prizes Community Over Hookups

Ariella Furman had a hard time connecting with the LGBT community when she relocated from New York to Pittsburgh, Pa., several years ago. There are fewer bars aimed at lesbian women than at gay men, she says. Anyway, she tends to prefer structured events to spontaneous bar gatherings

In response, Furman launched a monthly party for LGBT women in the area. The mailing list ballooned to 4,000 members, with hundreds of women turning up every month and local bars vying to host the events.

Next, Furman hunted for a dating site aimed at gay women, in the vein of Grindr, a dating app catered toward gay men. She didn't find one that matched her vision Read more...

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January 17 2014

The 15 Hottest Dating Sites on the Market

Online dating is so much more than Match.com and eHarmony. With the rise of photo apps like Tinder, it’s clear there are much quicker and quirkier ways to find your better half

Whether you’re looking for friendship, a random hookup or location-based love, there’s a slew of dating apps and websites out there for every kind of single. As we start 2014, here are the most popular.


Ever wanted to bring a wingman on your date? How about two? Grouper sets you up with a match, then lets both parties bring along two friends. The drinks are prepaid and Grouper tells you exactly where to meet up, so all you have to do is decide who should tag along. Who knows? Maybe all three of you will find a love connection Read more...

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January 16 2014

A Shift in Dating App Technology Protects User Privacy

Privacy is a slippery slope — the more we engage with and utilize the technology at hand, the more we compromise our privacy. The dating app SinglesAroundMe offers an answer to concerns about GPS location and user privacy with their new feature, Position-Shift.

Position-Shift allows the user to decide how others view their current location by shifting their actual GPS location when on a mobile device. While on SinglesAroundMe, the app gives users three location options: hide it, show the exact location, or shift the location. By selecting “Shift,” users can choose to offset their location with a variety of distances — one mile, two, five, 10, and so on — so a “shifted” location would display that a user is five miles away from their actual location. Read more...

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December 09 2013

Single Girl Reacts Perfectly to Friends' Engagements

'Tis the season to hate everything if you're single. Not to be a downer, but the holidays are a particularly rough time for unattached folk

No one knows it better than this single lady, whose three friends just got engaged and requested an over-the-top, cutesy picture to show off their new bling

Redditor Moth_ladder posted the image on Saturday with the caption "engagement season."

It'll be OK. What comes after "engagement season" and right before wedding season? Break-up season

tumblr_lv7le6KnCl1qaxm50o1_r1_250Image: Tumblr, aaronpauled

BONUS: 9 Jane Austen Quotes for the Frustratedly Single Read more...

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December 05 2013

If TV Characters Had OKCupid Profiles

It's not just you who can't get a date — even beloved characters from television are striking out when it comes to their love lives

So, of course, the only option is to turn to everyone's favorite (and somewhat creepy) 21st-century dating site, OKCupid

The blog The Connectivist imagined if characters like Jesse Pinkman and Dwight Schrute had online profiles. Admit it — you'd be sending a private message their way

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.

Jason Merritt/Getty Images

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November 23 2013

15 Break-Up Survival Tips From 'Hunger Games'

Break-ups are tough, but tracker jackers are tougher.

So who better to guide you through the heartbreak of dating woes than the tributes of Hunger Games? They have to juggle their love lives while fighting off a large collection of people and creatures that really want to kill them.

If Katniss can get through the games, you can get through this break up.

Image: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

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November 16 2013

13 Flirting Tips From 'Hey Arnold's' Helga Pataki

Helga Pataki was the original girl obsessed for '90s kids, and while she didn't exactly spark a relationship with her beloved Arnold, she did get her kiss, which is all an elementary school kid can hope for

So maybe Helga does have some wisdom to offer about getting a special guy to notice you

Just don't make a shrine to him made out of his used gum — that's just plain creepy.

Image: Flickr, Nickelodeon Animation Studio

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November 15 2013

10 Signs You're the Annoying Facebook Couple

It's no easy task to find that "special someone." We think couples are great, and we're really happy for anyone who has.

Also, we'd love it if you stopped talking about it so much.

We understand that sometimes you're so filled with love you want to scream it from the rooftops, a.k.a. your Facebook profile.

That's wonderful, honestly. But it can really irk the rest of us ..really fast

Take a look at some of the worst offenses in coupledom, and see if you're guilty of making your friends gag.

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...

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November 13 2013

The Pros and Cons of Dating a Programmer

Singles, stop swooning over jocks and chasing after billionaires. It's the programmers that you should have your eye on. They've got it all — at least when it comes to code

OK, fine, there might be one or two downfalls that come hand-in-hand with dating the computer savvy

In this comic, artist Pablo Stanley and the team at Koding lay out the best and worst parts of being in a relationship with someone who crushes it on the motherboard


Comic illustration courtesy of Pablo Stanley. Published with permission; all rights reserved. Read more...

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November 08 2013

Aziz Ansari Explains Why Texting Ruined Dating

Dating in the 21st century is akin to getting stabbed in the eye with a fork. Nails on a chalkboard, a rusty cheese-grater on your face, ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife (hat tip, Alanis Morissette) — it's uncomfortable, painful and downright ironic

Nobody gets your dating woes more than Aziz Ansari. The comedian went on Conan and talked about the pain of being a single person in the age of texting

"It's pretty much, a lot of times like you're a secretary for a really shoddy organization, scheduling the dumbest sh*t, with the flakiest people ever," Ansari said Read more...

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September 16 2013

Introducing #MashAdvice, Your New Twitter Advice Column

Technology makes our lives better, and ... more confusing.

Should I send a Facebook friend request before the first date? If my dad, age 53, uses his laptop for browsing the web and checking his email, might he enjoy a Kindle Fire as a birthday present? I'm attending a friend's black-tie wedding in a few months and need a good deal on some fancy attire, where can I find something online? What are some tips on taking selfies for my online dating profile?

Sometimes, especially in the case of interpersonal relationships and the always-on nature of social media, technology presents new situations that we haven't quite figured out an ettiquete for just yet. Other times, technology makes our lives easier — if we know how to use it correctly. Read more...

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June 19 2013

'The Bachelor' Host Chris Harrison Releases Video Dating App

People often say they know within the first minute of meeting someone whether they feel a spark or potential love connection. But with online dating, it can take days or weeks of courting and chatting before finally getting any face-to-face time. And even then, there's no guarantee of feeling any chemistry.

To bypass this issue, Chris Harrison — the host of ABC's popular dating shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette — and series creator Mike Fleiss launched a new dating app called At First Sight, which centers around video profiles. They're aiming to give users a deeper look at members, beyond just pictures. Read more...

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