You can tweak your profile so you never have to worry about flubbing your first impression. But there are a few decent options — with stronger safety features and less of a sketchy hookup culture happening — out there for the under crowd.
Age limit: 18 and up Available for: iOS and Android What's good: If you're looking for a relationship, this is the app for you. Every afternoon, the app will curate a list of matches it thinks you will like, meaning there's no endless swiping.
Don't know what to say once you get a match? The app will suggest icebreakers to get the convo started.
What's bad: When using any dating app you have the threat of getting in contact with an unsavory character. Luckily, CMB has a great report feature so if there's anyone making you feel uncomfortable, you can let the app know.
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Age limit: 18 and up Available for: iOS and Android What's good: Happn combines the experience of meeting someone in real life with using a dating app. Every time you cross paths with another user of the app literally it will show on your timeline.
Meaning, if you're 1 to ft away from a user, you will get access to their profile and vice versa. This means, if someone else in school, at your gym, or anywhere else you hang out, is also using the app, you'll know.
What's not: While it's cool to see that your crush at school is also on the app, you may also pass a creepy guy on the street who is a user. Don't worry though, because there are settings you can change to avoid this, like age restriction.
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What's not: The app has only been around for a few months, so you may not find a ton of locals on there. Age limit: 12 and up Available for: iOS and Android What's good: Yubo, formerly known as Yellow, feels kind of like a cross between Tinder and Snapchat — you can swipe right on profiles that look interesting and chat via live video.
The app has also added a bunch of safety features, like cell phone verification to keep fake profiles from cluttering up the site — but creepers can own cell phones too, so you still have to be careful. In same-sex pairings, either person can make the first move. This cuts down on the of unsolicited D-pics and eggplant emojis, which is always a good thing.
Nearify lets you view a list of local events and invite friends who might be interested. You can also sync it with your Facebook profile to see what events your friends are attending — so, you know, you can just happen to show up at that concert your crush is attending. What's not: Not everyone is super-active on Facebook, so you might not be able to see what your friends are up to.
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