Beware, the insta-date explosion!
These days, online dating hubs suddenly feel as old-fashioned as, say, talking to a potential love interest on the phone. Here's a handy guide to the brave new world of social network dating.
Hoping to meet someone right this second? Try:
How it works: Pairs you with other local Tinder-ers using GPS and your Facebook profile. Prepare to be inundated with photos and names of guys near you.
What happens next: Like his photo? Click the heart icon. Tinder will alert you if he's also interested.
Perfect for: Scoping out prospects at bars and coffee shops.
Pro: Now you know the name of that cute boy you see on the bus every day.
Con: Now you know that an ex just moved into your neighborhood.
Privacy Factor: Unless he likes you back, he'll never know. If your Facebook friends use Tinder, they'll see that you do, too.
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Tired of asking your friends to set you up? Try:
Site: Coffee Meets Bagel
How it works: Connects you to prospects with whom you share Facebook friends.
What happens next: The site sends a daily e-mail with a possible date.
Perfect for: Virtually replacing all the matchmaking you've asked friends to do.
Pro: You have common pals! Perfect!
Con: Your common pals are those high school classmates you've hidden from your news feed.
Privacy factor: Your picture and profile are sent to potential matches each day, but they can only contact you through the site if you've indicated that you're interested in them.
Just down for the night? Try:
Site: Bang With Friends
How it works: The secretive service (the founders refuse to be named) connects you with hookup-able Facebook friends.
What happens next: Sign in through Facebook. Choose the hot friend(s) you're lusting after. If they've also put you on their list, the site sends you both an e-mail.
Perfect for: Casual sex without the Craigslist "casual encounters" ick factor.
Pro: Finding out how many of your friends harbor secret crushes on you.
Con: Knowing that you used a site called Bang With Friends.
Privacy factor: It promises to offer anonymity until there's a match. But chances are your other Facebook friends with BWF accounts will know.
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Only interested in hedge fund managers? Try:
How it works: Uses your LinkedIn account to connect you to other available LinkedIn members. You can search within a specific career field.
What happens next: Sign in through LinkedIn, and Hitch.me will offer dates using your location, job, and age.
Perfect for: Those who chafe at being called "picky" but will only entertain someone in a "creative" field/someone with a huge paycheck/Don Draper.
Pro: Your date has a steady job.
Con: Your date is your former boss.
Privacy Factor: Set your Hitch.me account to private so only potential matches will know you're using the site.
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