Although it was released in 2012, Hinge(opens in a new tab) massively overhauled the platform in 2016 to differentiate itself from Tinder, which is also owned by Match Group. Now, Hinge’s matching criteria beyond a cute profile picture and its range of non-cheesy icebreakers can help give men ideas for more natural opening lines and encourage anyone to start the conversation.
Even though we are actively looking for new dating apps to try, no one wants be in these Unless you’re in it for the booty calls, the point of online dating is to find your person so you can stop looking for them. That was the idea behind Hinge’s 2019 rebranding to “the dating app designed to be scrapped.” TBH, it’s a clever mix of witty and upbeat that should give users some hope. Hinge Real World Stats talk about it: Beta testing of a feature called “We Met” asked Hinge users how their first date went. About 90% said the first date was great and 72% said they would be open to a second date.
There’s a common understanding among users that Hinge isn’t just for sex, but there’s also no pressure to rush into a relationship (users can also tag what they’re looking for on their profile, so it’s easy to immediately spot someone that you could have different goals than).
Hinge uses personal prompts to find you between five and 15 matches per day, and limits free users to eight likes per day, so choose intentionally. The prompts range from “The most spontaneous thing I’ve ever done” to “Two truths and a lie.”
You can also explore a potential match’s height, college (if any), political affiliation, posture on grass, and more, displayed as profile constants like age or gender. By covering so many bases before you even message someone, Hinge reduces the chance of meeting someone you’d hate.