Addicted to Love? Are all dating apps created equal?

Variety is the spice of life, and that apparently goes for dating apps as well.  There’s seemingly a dating app for everyone, no matter what you’re looking for.  For the female who’s not afraid to make the first move, there’s Bumble. For those looking for a more organic approach, there’s the path crossing Happn. For power people looking to couple up, there’s the League. And of course there’s the OG swiping dating game Tinder, the most downloaded of them all.

But are they really all that different?  Because at their core, each of them have something very important in common: people.

What makes dating apps work is the people who use them, and after experimenting with the above aps and a few others, the conclusion I’ve drawn is that no matter which app you’re on, you’ll have similar experiences and encounters because, well, people!  People will operate however they want, no matter which app they’re on.  I’ve run into the same types of guys (and sometimes the same actual guys) on each and every one of these apps, no matter what its developer’s intentions actually were.

There’s the guy who’s just looking to get laid on the League, despite the apps attempts to root out the riff raff and leave only the cool and ambitious behind (I guess the desire to get laid is an ambitious endeavor for some…).  There’s the guy who’s actually looking for love on Tinder, struggling through escort and catfishing profiles.  And despite Bumble’s feminist focus, there are a lot of bros on there for whom feminism is a dirty word.  And I’ve definitely seen my fair share of dick pics in profiles(yes, the stark outline of an erection through pants counts) on each and every one of these apps.  If there’s one thing in life that can be counted on, besides death and taxes, it’s the male fascination with their own genitalia, and the notion that everyone else is as excited to look at their penis as they are to show it off.  It would seem that most of these men are actually using these apps to show off their dicks instead of to get dates, yet another common feature among them all.

So what’s my point?  When it comes to dating apps, it truly is a crapshoot.  You can compare them to your heart’s content but in the end, it’s not about the tool, it’s about the people that use it.  So find one that doesn’t suck your soul to use, and see who you find at the other end.  Best of luck to all of you!

OH, and guys?  Cool it with the dick pics ok?  Especially on dating apps.  When a woman wants to see your junk, trust me, she’ll let you know. What no woman actually wants?  To be swiping away only to get an eyeful of wang.  So leave your penis out of your pics, will ya?  That is, unless you’re comfortable with every girl and all her friends looking at your pride and joy and laughing, because that’s what’s happening. Trust me, I’ve got a phone full of oft-seen screenshots to prove it.

Happy swiping everyone!

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Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Addicted Magazine. Her myriad of addictions include music, fashion, travel, technology, boxing and trying to make the world a better place. Nadia is also a feminist, an animal lover, and a neverending dreamer. Keep up with her on social media through @thenadiae.
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