Get matched with people around you and start a chat, where you can send messages that disappear after being viewed. Casualx For those who feel like they encounter too many relationship-minded people on Tinder, Casualx is billing itself as the answer. The app's bold slogan is "Tinder minus marriage-minded daters. The app also promises that it reviews each profile manually which may be feasible with smaller numbers of users, but has us questioning what it will do as it grows larger.
Beacon Beacon isn't a dating app per say, but it can be used like one. Unlike most other apps that have you log in through Facebook, Beacon has you log in with your Twitter account. You can create "events" — see if others want to meet up for a drink or pool for a Lyft — and then either limit the invite to mutual Twitter followers or make it public.
The app is a leap of faith since you don't know who will join your event it's also very new, so its pool of users doesn't seem very big yet , but it might be worth a try if you're burnt out on other options. Mingle2 Instead of swiping, Mingle2 has users tap a heart to indicate that they like someone. You can also "nudge" someone, which is similar to when you'd "poke" your crush on Facebook in ninth grade.
Hitch Hitch free, iOS and Android is centered around shared interests. Start off by making a profile as you would on any other dating app. Then, check out trending conversations among people located nearby and join discussions centered around specific categories, such as travel and events, food, and fashion and lifestyle.
Meet someone in a group that you want to chat one-on-one? Just reach out to get the conversation started. Klique If you'd prefer to meet your date in a group setting, go with Klique.
After matching with someone, the app lets each person bring other friends who are also on the app into the conversation so that you can all make plans together — and your friends can weigh in on your date. The app lets you swipe for a match in typical Tinder fashion, but also gives you the option of having it set up a date for you, taking out all the annoying, never-ending messages. You can also filter by relationship intention or pick one of the in-person mixers that other app members have indicated they're going to.
The app free on iOS is similar to others in that you create an "Ad profile" with photos you can set them to private or public , and your first name and age. From there, you can send messages or "winks" similar to likes to other members and wait for the replies to roll in.
Whim Don't feel like texting back and forth? Whim free on iOS is the answer: The app gets rid of the kind of endless communication that can go on for days. Just create a profile and enter which days that week are good for you. When you match with a potential date, Whim will pick a time and place that works for both of you.
All you have to do is show up — no messaging required. Zipskee Traveling solo is something most women should try at least once. But if you're also looking for some action, you may want some help meeting the local flavors — and for that you need a local.
While this isn't a dating app, Zipskee free on iOS will pair you with a local guide on your trip to show you around. Your male or female guide should know the spots you should hit so you can meet someone worthwhile while you're in town. Stud Or Dud Despite its name, this app actually has nothing to do with sorting potential dates based on physical attractiveness.
If you want to make sure the bae you're hooking up with doesn't have a shady past, you can use Stud or Dud free on iOS to quickly look up publicly available information about their identity. The app can show you whether they have a job, whether they're married, and whether they've been to court for various issues. If you're paranoid the guy you just met might be an axe murderer, this app should help you rest easy.
Mimitate Want to keep it casual and just Netflix and chill? That is what Mimitate free on iOS and Android is all about. Heres' how it works: Guys take a selfie of themselves and share what they're watching on Netflix. Ladies, if you're interested, respond back with a selfie imitating their face, and if you're down for that title.
From there, you can meet up to watch the show…or just have it on in the background. Down Down free on iOS and Android serves you up 10 local matches each day based on your location. If you're looking for a date, you can specify that, and if you're just looking to get down, well, you can specify that, too. The app boasts more than four million users globally, so hopefully you'll find someone worth your time — and ready to get down.
It acts as a password-protected locker for all your sexy photos. And if you're looking to find a hookup for tonight, tomorrow, or this weekend, let's be real, you've probably got a few choice photos that show off your bits. If you've got a partner you constantly sext with, you can keep both of your photos locked up in here, only accessible when you both enter your passcodes. And your photos aren't just stored behind two passcodes — they're also encrypted.
Happn You and a cutie on the subway locked eyes for a smoldering second before you had to run off and catch the express.
In this app, you can browse singles and see how many times you've crossed paths and where. It's a bit like Craigslist's Missed Connections, but way less desperate-sounding. This chatting app for hetero singles uses your location to find matches near you. Pure Pure free on iOS and Android cuts to the chase: All you have to do to get started with the app is upload a selfie.
The app initiates a one-hour chat limit in order to eliminate annoying noncommittal conversations that drag on and on. You can pay for a monthly subscription if you start using Whiplr a lot, but its initial free search and chatting preferences are decently robust, including starting up to 10 chat sessions a day, browsing profiles at a time, and swiping through 25 profiles a day.
Her Her free on iOS is a dating and social network app exclusively for lesbian and queer women. It also includes more of a community, with a timeline on your profile for sharing photos and comments, and it serves up links and articles relating to lesbian news and culture. Several early users of Her the app just launched in July were surprised by the number of bisexual, queer, and lesbian women in their community.
The app has made more than 6 billion matches so far. You may even match up with someone famous — the app recently introduced verified profiles for celebs and public figures. OKCupid also has an Apple Watch app that can show you matches who are nearby. Badoo Badoo works kind of like Happn — you have the option to start chatting with people nearby and people you've bumped into — but its user base is reportedly bigger than Tinder, Happn, and OkCupid combined.
It didn't take long to realize that almost all the replies I received were scams. The situation is so severe on Craigslist Casual Encounters that posts by real women who are actually seeking hook-ups are often flagged for removal at the slightest cause for suspicion. The most common scams are "safe dating" websites. An alleged woman will write a man saying she's interested, but that because of the Craigslist-based serial killers and rapists in the news, she needs some extra assurance that it's safe.
If you follow the link she provides, the website asks you for your credit card number — y'know, so it can do a background check to make sure you're not a criminal. One individual tried to get me to buy him or her virtual currency in online games like MapleStory before agreeing to hand over contact information.
Yeah, right — moving on! What little luck I'd had so far. The week was half over and I hadn't had a single bite. I decided I would have to take the initiative, so in addition to posting my own ads, I started responding to every ad from any woman who seemed at all interesting. I cast a wide net in my searches, looking up posts by straight or bisexual women between the ages of 18 and 35 who lived anywhere in Chicagoland — a large metropolitan area that's home to close to five million females.
Most of the women wanted something very specific they couldn't find in their normal lives: Someone to help play out a particular fantasy, someone vastly older than them or someone of another race. Very few of the women who were advertising seemed to be looking for anything I would consider a "normal encounter.
I typically wrote two or three paragraph replies and matched the tone of their own messages, then attached a couple of tasteful photos of myself. I didn't get a single reply from an actual prospect this way.
It turned out that most of the ads were fakes from scammers, and quite a few fell into another category all together.
Prostitution is what made Craigslist controversial. There's technically another section for that — "Adult Services," formerly "Erotic Services" — but that's not the only place you'll find practitioners of the world's oldest profession. The prostitutes of Craigslist speak in code, but it's not a difficult one to learn.
They advertise "French lessons" — an odd thing to advertise under "Casual Encounters," don't you think? Well, it's obviously a euphemism for something else.
Many of the ads that weren't from scammers were from prostitutes. The ads are so obvious that it's surprising the euphemisms are effective in fending off law enforcement.
Then again, maybe they are law enforcement. Amidst all those failures, I had one near-success. A woman wrote in response to my sweet "cuddling first" ad saying she was in town for only a couple of months, and that she was frustrated she couldn't find a relationship.
When she sent her pictures, she looked plain but attractive. We exchanged a couple of e-mails over the course of two hours, tossing back and forth lists of interests and the like. She made it clear that she wanted to meet up, and while she talked about starting slow, it was clear that it would indeed be a casual encounter. But when I suggested a time to meet — the last message from me before I would reveal myself and back out — there was no reply.
At least, not yet. The next day, she e-mailed me saying she was deeply apologetic and that she'd fallen asleep. She said she'd like to meet up sometime.
So yes, there are women on Craigslist. Well, at least one! You've probably guessed by now that the experiences for heterosexual men and women on Craigslist's casual encounters are quite different. I observed that for every ad a woman posts, there are at least 20 from men. If nothing else, that imbalance ought to alter the experience. To get the female perspective, I did two things: I posted a fake ad as a woman to see what kinds of responses I would get, and I interviewed two women who have had success hooking up on casual encounters in the past.
As for potential suitors, I asked only that they supply a photo and "be attractive and not creepy. There was a five minute delay before my ad appeared, then I started receiving about one response per minute.
Most of them were careful to say "I don't do this often. Some sent pictures of themselves naked along with the word "Hi. There were a lot of expressions of sympathy over my fake breakup.
I was hearing from men of all types, and it seemed I had my pick of the litter. After about thirty minutes, though, my post was flagged for removal. I thought I'd made it look legit, but as we learned earlier, folks have good reason to be hawkish about scammers. After the end of my test run with Craigslist casual encounters, I decided to get more insight into the female experience with the site by interviewing two women who said they had successes meeting up with men on Casual Encounters.
Their problem was the opposite of mine. They had too many options to pick from, but they both dealt with the numerous choices in the same way. Both women ultimately responded to men who they felt put effort into writing long, personal messages as opposed to quick notes.
Multiple paragraphs of insightful and relatable prose won out — but only after the initial test of physical appearance. Both said they immediately eliminated men who opened with pictures of genitalia — a very common practice. However, looks were important. One of the women I interviewed said she once had a crush on a client at her job, but couldn't make a move without compromising her professionalism..