Whether you’re on the market, coupled-up or just looking to make some new mates – Valentine’s Day opens up a whole world of possibilities where your social life’s concerned.
However, waiting to be shot at by a fat winged baby with a crossbow is so 2017 – it’s time to take matters into your own hands. So, whip your phone out because one of these five apps is going to be your match made in heaven.
You’ve probably already heard the buzz surrounding Bumble – breaking ground by being the first dating app where women make the first move.
Since launching in 2014, the app has broadened its horizons by adding BFF and Bizz to its network. With Bumble BFF you can make new friends, whether you’re in a new city or just looking to expand your inner circle.
Coffee Meets Bagel
Aimed at singles that are fed up of swiping, Coffee Meets Bagel does all the work for you.
How does it work? Well, every day at midday, members will receive a batch of potential matches (referred to as ‘Bagels’). These are preselected using an algorithm based on basic criteria like age, height, interests, religious beliefs etc.
Available in thousands of cities, Meetup brings people with similar interests together to do more of what they like. Its mantra is simple: ‘when we get together and do the things that matter to us, we’re at our best’.
So, if you’re into books, meet other local readers and start a book club. Want to run the next marathon? Create a new running squad. Interests range from mum or dad meetup groups to new in town, photography and tech groups.
You can even start your own Meetup if what you’re into isn’t already posted.
We’ve all been there. You’re single, and an older relative says ‘maybe you’re not looking for love in the right places?’ – well you can’t get any more traditional than the street you’re currently on.
Happn finds the people you’ve crossed paths with and pops their profile on your timeline so you can have a little chat – modern day romance at its finest. You can even track how many times you’ve passed each other.
And if you’re not interested, not a problem, just click on the cross button and you’ll both miraculously vanish from each other’s profile.
This one’s for those couples who have already found love, and who are seeking a bit of app-based privacy. Look no further than Between – an app that lets you communicate, store memories and save dates together.
Keep things interesting with a huge selection of free emoticons and cute GIF selfies. Plus, there’s a PC version and free call feature, which is ideal for keeping the conversation going, near or far.
Have you tried any of these apps? Any that spark your interest? Let us know in the comments below.