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Cons: There’s a lot of overlap with other apps, meaning you’re often swiping through the same users repeatedly: “Bumble and Tinder are the same people, the same pictures,” Busa says.
The only difference is “you having to start the conversation” (in opposite-sex matches, Bumble requires the woman to message first).
Plus, its location-based matching means you can limit yourself to people within easy reach, whether you’re looking for someone close to home or a vacation fling.
Cons: Tinder’s tried to walk back its hookup-app reputation in recent years by emphasizing its relationship-making powers — and it seems some people are listening.
Busa, a 32-year-old comedian living in Crown Heights, says she uses dating apps for casual hookups about once a month.
“I’m not really looking for a relationship right now,” she explains, and she prefers apps that offer her plenty of potential matches with a similar mindset.
Also because women must message first, Bumble tends to weed out the slightly more insecure males.Feeld Pros: Feeld, formerly known as Thrinder, brands itself as a gathering place for people looking for something outside the sexual mainstream, like polyamory, kink, or multiple partners.The app even includes space to list your sexual interests in your profile, which cuts out a lot of awkward introductory conversation, Busa says: “You’re meeting this person and you’re already like, ‘Okay, so we might have sex, let’s see if we have a connection.’ It’s really nice to cut to it and not feel like it’s a shameful thing to talk about.” Cons: The less experienced may have to do some googling.Dating apps love to trumpet the relationships they help create — which is great, if you’re actually looking for a relationship.Sometimes, though, you don’t want to swipe for a potential soul mate.