#SwipeRight: One Woman’s Dating App Showdown

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By Marie

Unless you live under a rock, you probably know about Tinder. You swipe right if you like a person or swipe left to pass on them. You can also now swipe up and “super like” someone, so that when you appear in their feed, you’re outlined in blue – making it clear that you’re interested. It all sounds easy, but there are some underlying problems that occur once you get a “match.” 

There are plenty of ghost accounts where the person never sends a message and as soon as you unlatch them, they will reappear in your feed once more. Or there are the ones where the person is obviously lying about their age and appearance. It’s hard to trust a picture, amiright?

Let’s talk about Coffee Meets Bagel – one of the newer dating apps that is also focused on making matches and having people connect. Think of it as Tinder but, like, more intense?

It’s about a deeper connection with a person rather than simply connecting based on appearance alone. To start, you set your specifics of what you’re looking for in regards to age, gender, height, ethnicity, religion, and distance from where you live. Then you get one possible match every 24 hours.

That’s right, only one person shows up every 24 hours. Let’s break it down as to why this is.

The app requires you to connect it to your Facebook, in order to help prove that you’re a real human, and prove your education along with employment. It’s always nice to see that a possible connection has either a job or an education. Like any dating app, you get to add multiple pictures and the app even has a tips for what kind of pictures you should post. You even get a weekly report telling you why people liked you and what they like about your profile.

There are only three possible areas for you to write in to describe yourself. The prompts are: I am, I like, and I appreciate it when my date does…. Each has three little spaces for you to fill out.

When you get your potential daily match, you can either like or pass someone and you have plenty of time to decide and make your choice. If you happen to connect with someone then you get a new chat window. The whole chat line is open for a week. Usually at the end of the chat period week you are asked if you want to extend the chat and if you both say yes or maybe, then the chat line lasts for a few more days. After that, the chat line will completely close. This means you have to make sure to share your number so you can text or you’ll just lose contact completely.

The Discover section is the app’s coolest feature, IMO. This is where you can “give” or “take” some of the guys who appear, meaning – you can pass along a match to a friend. You get beans (get it? coffee?) for passing or liking every day.

But since Tinder is essentially the OG of modern dating apps, let’s battle them out. Here are the pros and cons of each:

Coffee Meets Bagel

Pros:

  • Deeper connections
  • More filters for what you’re looking for
  • More information about the person you’re swiping
  • Conversation starters provided
  • Chat closes after so many days or when no messages are exchanged
  • Able to discover people outside of your preset filters
  • Weekly report full of tips and comments on profile

Cons:

  • One person every 24 hours
  • Uses beans as monetary system that you can choose to pay for allowing you to “buy” people in discover mode
  • Some profiles aren’t filled in all the way
  • You just might run out of possible “Bagels” because of your filters

Tinder

Pros:

  • Almost endless possibilities in regards to people to swipe through
  • Filters distance and age in your settings
  • Allows you to connect Instagram to your account to show off more pictures/interests
  • Messenger works nicely without lag or difficulties
  • Super likes can be sent to someone you’re interested in
  • Short and sweet descriptions are optional but not required

Cons:

  • Plenty of ghost accounts (no one ever talks/swipes right on everyone)
  • Tinder Plus costs money allowing you to send more super likes, change locations, and experience no ads
  • More people looking for hookups than an actual relationship
  • Fake accounts with people lying about their age

What do you think? Tell us or tweet us about your online dating experience!


Marie is part of the Contributing Writer Network here at Thirty On Tap. Apply to be a Contributing Writer by clicking HERE

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