New dating apps hitting SMU

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and love is in the air. It’s an exciting time for everyone… unless you’re single. No fear friends, thanks to 21st century technology and our booming digital world, there’s tons of dating apps available at the touch of your smartphone.

These social-networking apps allow you to find thousands of potential mates in your area and even the power to hit them up if it seems like a match. We’ve all heard of Tinder, but now there are a few new players on the block including Bumble, Whisper, and Courtem.

Tinder uses geolocation technology to match you with people of interest nearby on your mobile device. With the swipe of a finger, you’re able to go through a number of potential candidates and either “swipe left” to reject them, or “swipe right” if you’re interested. If the two of you both swiped right on each other, a screen will pop up showing that you two are a match and then you are able to start a conversation with one another. Pretty exciting stuff.

Bumble mimics this same concept almost to a tee- but with a twist. The girl has 24 hours to message first, or the conversation disappears forever.

To see what all the hype was about, I decided to try my hand at “bumbling” and asked several of my matches what they thought about the app.

“I think it’s more interesting than Tinder, just with less users. It’s an interesting change of pace [that the girl messages first],” one user said.

Another guy explained to me that people on these apps don’t want to sink into the world of online dating (himself included), and that’s why he preferred to remain anonymous.

One app that differentiates itself from the others is Courtem, started by SMU graduates and backed by local Dallas celebrity Mark Cuban. Courtem allows users to propose an actual time and date to one another without having to first be matched.

So, feeling single and ready to mingle? Get on that smartphone of yours and start swiping.

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