Navigate the world of go out together in today’s digital age can be difficult. Whether you’re looking for long-term love, noncommittal fun, or just want to dip your toes in the post-breakup dating pool, dating can be a minefield for the uninitiated.
And while many of us would love to meet someone IRL – let’s face it, a cute encounter will always win in the romance stakes over a night spent watching an endless stream of potential partners on screen. – with so many dating apps to choose from, it’s fair to say it’s less and less likely to get hit on by that cute colleague at your local cafe.
That said, the sheer number of dating apps on offer means there’s something for everyone on the market, no matter what you’re looking for. From the app that can only be used on Thursdays to the service that focuses on real-life human connection, here are the five best dating apps for millennial women.
This modern matchmaking app is only available for use on…yes, you guessed it, Thursdays. The concept is simple: you match and chat during the day and try to lock in a date that night.
An app that focuses on real connections, the founders of Thursday believe that dating shouldn’t be a full-time job, which is why they chose to make the app available only one day a week.
“As there’s only a 24-hour window to be able to talk, it naturally cuts out small talk and lets you make plans,” says Pippa Murphy, the sex expert at Condoms UK. It’s also worth pointing out that it’s much safer than some dating apps when it comes to the sign-up process; you must prove your identity by scanning your passport or driver’s license.
The founders are passionate about changing the dating culture for good; and we think they might just be onto something.
An app for lesbian, queer, bisexual and straight women and non-binary people, HIS claims to be the most popular lesbian dating app and sets itself apart from its competitors by being an app designed for queer women by queer women.
An award-winning, game-changing app that is a fully inclusive space for the LGTBQ+ community, it’s a great platform for women to meet like-minded women in their area.
An app designed to overturn gender stereotypes, Bumblebee burst onto the dating app scene in 2014 and has seen its fair share of market success ever since.
The premise is simple; Although it’s based on the swipe right or left formula, with Bumble only women can make the first move, which means users are much less likely to be bombarded with unwanted messages.
With an impressive claim that three out of four dates set up through the app are supposed to lead to second dates, it’s easy to see why. Hinge is a favorite among daters looking for something serious.
With its success rate, ice-breaking prompts, and easy-to-navigate design, Hinge offers something for everyone; whether a seasoned dater or someone tentatively trying out the world of online dating for the first time.
Pure is a sex-positive dating app that’s a great choice for anyone with certain fetishes who’s just looking for some no-strings-attached sex.
Murphy says that “after joining, you submit a request and indicate if you are looking for a man or a woman, what your desires are as well as where you prefer to meet. You’ll then be shown a stream personalized with your needs, which you can adjust if you’re in a different mood.
However, users have to move quickly to trigger a conversation because a person’s photo and tagline are only displayed for an hour.