Bumble works like this: you download the app, most popular dating apps up your profile, and start swiping. But there’s a catch — women have to send the first message.
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A vertical stack of three evenly spaced horizontal lines. Go to the search page. Dating apps are having a moment. In light of all this news, I spent a week trying out a bunch of different dating apps to compare notes. Tinder is mindless, but fun. Hinge feels less sketchy because you get matched up with your Facebook friends’ friends. I was completely surprised by the app I liked the most.
Bumble is often described in the press as a “feminist” dating app. I’m not sure it’s feminist as much as it simply reverses gender roles and makes women make the first move. I put it off and reviewed it last intentionally. The most annoying part about dating apps is breaking the ice.
I have a hundred matches sitting in my Tinder app who I haven’t talked to for this reason alone — nobody wants to make the first move, or have their opening line derided for being lame, or be ignored for being unimaginative. Dating apps, for their part, have tried combating this in a number of ways. JSwipe puts a timer on how long you have to start talking to a match. Wait too long and your match disappears forever. Coffee Meets Bagel gives you and your match an opening question to break the ice. Bumble was co-founded by Whitney Wolfe, the ousted Tinder cofounder.