I’ve been single for quite a while and I am neither unpleasant to look at, or boring to listen to. And I swear, I have tried everything: blind dates, bars, speed dating, free and paid dating websites… and yet, nothing helps.
Right when I was giving up on the idea of finding someone, one of my friends told me about the dating apps Tinder and Happn. So I decided to give the both of them a try.
The Verdict? I hated Tinder and loved Happn.
Let me tell you why:
1. How the profiles are presented
I like how profiles on Happn are presented in a “news feed” format. And I really don’t like the “one person at a time” format on Tinder. Why? Because Tinder makes me feel like I’m in front of a buffet where guys are presented to me as dishes, one after the other – and disappear forever if I reject them. Very annoying! Happn’s news feed allows an overview of what the whole buffet has to offer. Therefore, I don’t feel pressured to make a definitive decision.
2. Profile pictures
Pictures are way too big on Tinder: When this 40 year old guy called Mike appears on my whole screen, I feel a little bit creeped out.
3. The functions of each app
With its “swipe left to reject” function, I sometimes mistakenly reject guys on Tinder. Which honestly, you can’t really blame me for after I have swiped left for the past 10 times. However, I never have this problem on Happn, because if you want to get rid of a profile, you need to click on a very little cross, which considerably reduces the margin of error. You won’t have to worry about accidentally swiping left and rejecting your soulmate.
4. The size of the playing field.
Tinder will show me guys that can be located up to 100 miles away – Let’s be honest, I don’t really believe in long distance relationships.
Happn only displays profiles of people that are less then 250 meters away from you. (Yes, your hot neighbour will appear on your Happn feed.)
For obvious safety reasons, your exact location is never shared, but this idea of proximity remind you that you do not need to be teleported to another galaxy to find the man of your dreams.
5. The quality of profiles
In three weeks, I haven’t seen a single interesting profile via Tinder, and I have found three via Happn. Three handsome, charming, smart and funny single guys, none of them my boyfriends yet… but hey, I’m hopeful.
And this is why, I am uninstalling Tinder and staying on Happn.