Match Group, the parent company of Tinder, Plenty Of Fish, Match, How About We, and Ok Cupid, filed to go public recently.
In case you haven't read it in full, here's the abbreviated version of my findings: Tinder is mindless, but fun.
Hinge feels less sketchy because you get matched up with your Facebook friends' friends. Ok Cupid proved itself to be nothing but a barrage of unwanted and often gross messages.
Minutes into my Bumble experience, I quickly realized I'd have to start talking to the guys I matched with, otherwise things wouldn't go anywhere. Of course, the more messages you send, the more you'll receive, but nearly everyone I've sent a message to has responded quickly. But two of my friends and I have gone on a collective 13 dates in the past month courtesy of Bumble, so something about the app seems to be working.
So despite being intimidated, I sent a few messages, and based on my experiences on Tinder — where I'd get messages from guys and rarely respond — I assumed the same thing would happen to me. Turns out guys like Bumble because they like not having the pressure of initiating a conversation.
Both men and women swipe, but only women can start the conversation, and they only have 24 hours from the time they match to start chatting before the connection disappears forever.