4 DATING APPS FOR THE NEW YEAR

Love stories often start with a swipe to the right. As the popularity of online dating grows, so do the number of relationships that get their start on apps such as Tinder or Match.com. I remember how intimidating it was to dip my toe into the online dating app pond for the first time. That’s why I want to take some of the guesswork out of it for you. Here is the scoop on four free apps to consider:

Bumble.

The beauty of this app is that ladies get to make the first move. For example, when a woman connects with someone, she has 24 hours to initiate a conversation. For same-sex connections or friendship, either person has 24 hours to make the first move, or the connection disappears. bumble.com

Happn.

This option is all about the people who surround you. Every time you’re near the same location as another happn member, they appear in your timeline. If someone catches your eye, like them secretly with the heart button—and they’ll only find out if the interest is mutual. happn.com

Coffee Meets Bagel.

Cute name, right? Here’s how this app that’s all about #ladieschoice works: Each day, male members receive up to 21 matches (that is, bagels) to like or pass. Then, voila! The app curates matches for women among the men who expressed interest. coffeemeetsbagel.com

The Grade.

#NoMoreCreeps—that’s the logic behind The Grade. This app aims to curb hostile messaging and inappropriate photos by holding users accountable. It uses an algorithm that assigns letter grades to users ranging from A+ to F, based on profile quality, responsiveness and peer-reviews. thegradedating.com

STORY: Amelia Pavlik
PHOTOS: Sara Hanna