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Crowdsourcing: Help! What’s The Best Dating App?

Crowdsourcing: Help! What's Your Favorite Dating App (And Why)?

I am very bad at dating. Very, very bad indeed. I have this awful habit of dating people that I’ve been friends with for a decent amount of time, or have at the very least known for a few years. In fact, I’ve almost exclusively dated people from the same year at the same college for six years–before I went to that college. This is not something I am particularly proud of, especially when you consider the implications of nearly every single one of them being an emotionally unavailable stoner and myself being one of those profoundly naive “he can change…for me!” cheerleaders.

Lately, I’m trying to do the whole “normal person dating” thing and not just diving head-first into relationships with people I know better than to do so with. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve revisited an old flame and gone on a few dates, but I still feel like I’m just really bad at dating like a normal person in the 21st century.

One might argue that “dating like a normal person” does not necessarily include dating apps, but I think that it can be a very powerful tool to facilitate dating. Sure, it’s not the “old fashioned way,” but we are modern ladies who like to do modern things and sometimes, that includes swiping left and right to signify decisions.

Dear readers, I beg of you to inform me of your dating app knowledge: Which is your favorite dating app? And, presuming you have reasons, why?

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  • Kaitlin Reilly

    I have no good advice from personal experience, but I know a few people who have had success w/ OkCupid — it just took them a few blah dates to find a quality match.

    • Samantha Escobar

      I’ve had decent luck with it! It’s also been really, really weird.

    • http://sarahhollowell.com/ Sarah Hollowell

      It is suuuper weird, and I get a lot of creepers, but I also met my boyfriend on there, and some guys that didn’t work out romantically but became really good friends. If you’re willing to deal with getting dudes sending you the oh-so-creative “nice tits” message every once in awhile, it’s really not bad.

  • Alexis Rhiannon

    I met my boyfriend in a class, but we first started talking one-on-one over an app called Say The Same Thing. I think playing a game like that together is a good way to find out if you have compatibility…without devoting a whole evening of drinks and dollars to someone.

    • Samantha Escobar

      Oh man, I’ve never heard of that app! It sounds A+.

  • http://www.jamielikesthis.com/ Jamie

    It’s not a real app, but it should be: Hello M’Lady (from Inside Amy Schumer): http://www.cc.com/video-clips/evet4j/inside-amy-schumer-hello-m-lady

    • Jenni

      love amy!

    • http://www.jamielikesthis.com/ Jamie

      Right? I knew those guys had to be called something! She’s mad brillz.

    • Samantha Escobar

      I hadn’t watched much of her (I know, I suck) and then I watched that “I am so bad” clip with the self-food shaming and it was AMAZING.

    • Samantha Escobar

      OH MY GOD.

      JUST WATCHED IT.

      I LOVE IT.

    • http://www.jamielikesthis.com/ Jamie

      It’s like an un-dating app, like a very merry unbirthday.

  • Kirsten

    Coffee Meets Bagel – https://coffeemeetsbagel.com/

    You have to connect with your facebook (they don’t post anything on your behalf), but it uses your friends’ friends to match you up. So you have a couple of mutual friends with who you’re paired with and I think it helps ensure that the guy won’t be too thirsty or a total creep since you have a few mutual friends. The logistics are sort of like tindr where you both have to like each to get more details.

    I like it!

  • Juan Mario Inca

    Really interesting guys, thanks​!​

    I think that you would be really interested in some of the most cutting-edge research that I have come across explaining crowds, open innovation, and citizen science.​

    http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=1919614

    And you may also enjoy this blog about the same too:
    https://thecrowdsociety.jux.com/

    Powerful stuff, no?