Singapore singles: 5 dating apps to try aside from Tinder

Tired of Tinder? Try these apps instead

Singapore singles: 5 dating apps to try aside from Tinder
Singapore singles: 5 dating apps to try aside from Tinder
07 Sep 2017

Singapore singles: 5 dating apps to try aside from Tinder

Did you know that 63 percent of singles in Singapore have not gone on a single date in the past month, despite using dating apps? According to a survey released by esync, 50 percent of Singaporeans surveyed have tried them, but clearly, swiping didn’t always lead to actual meetups.

Instead of writing off dating apps – or even dating – how about expanding your horizons? Namely, by trying apps OTHER than (or in addition to) Tinder.

We know, we know, locking eyes with that perfect stranger across a crowded room is both romantic and free, while using multiple dating apps is often tedious and expensive. But if you’re just going to sit at home wishing upon a star, you might as well scroll through matches while doing so.

That same survey revealed that just under 25 percent of Singaporeans are using more than one dating app. Sure, mastering one, let alone two or three might be tiring, but ultimately, finding “the One” is a numbers game – the more ponds you fish in, the more likely you are to catch something. Here are 5 more apps you should try. 

1. esync
1. esync
07 Sep 2017

1. esync

Try it if: You’re serious about settling down or getting married

Main selling points: esync, powered by local matchmaking agency Lunch Actually, has all the usual bells and whistles of a premium dating app. After you take a personality test based on 16 levels of compatibility, an algorithm sends you matches based on shared attributes. Since this app evaluates matches based on qualities like your attitude toward finances, it’s safe to say that the majority of people who would pay for it are looking for something serious.

Here’s where it gets interesting: Once you decide to start communicating with your matches, an esync phone consultant will call you to find out more about your background (namely, whether you are married or not, as this service is accredited by SDN). esync’s consultants will also help you set up the date, as per Lunch Actually’s practice, as esync aims to ensure that matches meet offline rather than chat aimlessly forever. The service also provides feedback forms, based on anonymous comments from your dates, to give you some insight on how to proceed, as well as on what to improve.

Also appropriate for: People who aren’t into chatting. There is no messaging function within the app. If you want to take things further with a match, you need to send them a multiple-choice question from the app’s database. Only once you meet in person will you be able to communicate naturally. 

2. Bumble
2. Bumble
07 Sep 2017

2. Bumble

Try it if: You’re a woman who is tired of fielding messages from gross guys.

Main selling points: Who says men need to make the first move? On Bumble, it’s ladies’ choice – no more wading through obnoxious pickup lines to find the perfect match. Here’s how it works: people mutually “opt in” by swiping. Once a new connection is made, the woman has 24 hours to message the connection, otherwise, it disappears. FOREVER. The  man also has an option of extending one connection per day for 24 hours beyond the initial 24-hour period, so as to remain in the woman’s queue of potentials.

Also appropriate for: People who are just looking for friends. There’s also a “BFF” option that lets you connect with people who share your interests, and in this case, both parties have 24 hours to message each other. A recent update also includes a “Send To A Friend” feature so that if a connection isn’t your type, you can at least play wingman/wingwoman by referring them to someone else. 

3. Paktor
3. Paktor
07 Sep 2017

3. Paktor

Try it if: You’re lazy

Main selling points: This local dating app’s interface looks a lot like Tinder’s, with one key difference: the Wink function, which sends out automated messages like “Thought I’d say hello!” and “I like what I see on your profile. (:” Simply activate it before going to bed, and you’ll likely wake up to a barrage of responses from all sorts of random connections.

Also appropriate for: People who want something right here, right now. Not only are all of the matches local, but you don’t need to do much to find them, since the app can contact them for you.  

4. Blindfold
4. Blindfold
07 Sep 2017

4. Blindfold

Try it if: You don’t want to be judged based on yours looks

Main selling points: Stressed about taking the perfect selfie for your dating profile? Tired of people writing you off because of your appearance, or perhaps making pervy comments because of your ‘hotness’? Then try Blindfold, a local dating app that conceals your photo until you and your match decide to unmask each other. Like esync, Blindfold is accredited by SDN, so even if you have no idea what your match looks like, you can at least be sure that he or she isn’t already married.

Also appropriate for: People who enjoy the thrill of blind dates.

5. Hater
5. Hater
07 Sep 2017

5. Hater

Try it if: “Misery loves company” is your personal motto

Main selling points: To gauge your compatibility with matches, this app will bring up a bunch of random things, such as slow walkers, Donald Trump, or biting into ice cream, and ask you to categorise them as “love”, “hate,” “dislike”, and “like”. Once you’re done, you can swipe through other profiles, much like you would in other dating apps, in hope of meeting someone who hates everything that you do. You won’t know the person’s job or level of education, but at least you won’t be forced to pretend you like zombie movies or Star Wars just because the other person likes them. 

Also appropriate for: People who just like putting things in categories. Seriously, that’s the most fun part of this app. 

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