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It’s hard to stand out in the era of Tinder, which is why OKCupid has turned its attention to matching people up on a ‘deeper level’.By answering questions and filling out your profile, the app’s algorithm will suggest people who share your interests in the hope you’ll build more genuine connections, which you can easily see from a ‘compatibility’ score next to other users.You’re prompted to ask a series of questions, but you can choose which you answer. Sarah said: “Hinge definitely sounds good in theory. I’m trying to stay patient and positive, but I think the instant buzz of Tinder might have ruined me.”Plenty of Fish is another app that allows you to create a profile, answer questions or just upload your favorite selfies.The idea is you can build an authentic picture of yourself, with answers, photos, details about what you’re reading or listening to and even video. You can like someone’s activities and photos, which reminds us more of Facebook-style interactions, but packaged up within a dating app. It’s got a large user-base and when it comes to success rates, it really divides opinion.You’re bound to have similar lives if they keep showing up near you.Plus, it takes the pressure off because you’re already in each other’s proximity - you can easily go for a drink.”But there are drawbacks to the “find people nearby” USP.Louise said: “It could just be because of the area I live in, but in my experience most of the guys on Now are only after one thing right now, and it isn’t romance or a coffee...” to global warming (okay, we’re making that last one up). If you’ve swiped right on someone and they’re swiped right on you as well, you’ll be notified and can begin messaging one another.
Scruff takes the basic dating app experience, and tailors it to gay guys looking for burly, furry men, also known as bears, polar bears, cubs and otters.They have the potential to be the future of dating and it's nice to see one of the top online companies acknowledging that, without losing their original identity.”If you're serious about finding long-term love as a gay man, Chappy may well be the best app option on the market.Built from an idea by Made In Chelsea's Ollie Locke (stick with us...) it's a respectful community with a higher quality user than some of the sleazier apps. The idea is it’ll cut out time wasting and lead to a greater chance of a connection.So you’re more likely to find someone with genuine shared interests, rather than just a nice face. The huge choice of, erm, fish, tend to mean there are a few long-term love stories and lots of “okay I guess” dating anecdotes. Be ready to hunt for people through the droves and droves.I’ve had a few fun dates through it, you just have to put the time in to weed through the rubbish.”Paul said: “All I ever hear from men is that women never reply, and all I ever hear from women is that they get too many messages.”That said, we know personally of one real world couple that are now married having met through Plenty of Fish, so love can be found here!