Are you a parent with a child that has started dating or just someone who is new to the single life? Well, either way, dating has changed a lot since you were a kid. No longer are you required to leave your house to find the man/woman/animal/thing of your dreams (we don’t judge here….based on your dating preference….unless the person/animal/thing you are dating is tool). With the invention of the internet and smartphones, we have many dating apps now that can help swim in the sea of single people. With the help of Urban Dictionary (bookmark this site if you are a parent, it will help stay cool like soda pop), we bring our guide to dating apps.
Tinder is no longer the wood you need to start a fire…unless that wood is your pants. According to Urban Dictionary, Tinder is:
Dating app. Tinder is the McDonalds for sex.
That sounds likes a winner. The app works it’s magic by showing people close by and your rate them “Hot” or “Not.” It lets you know if the person who you think it’s hot, thinks your hot too. It even gives you tips on how to start the conversations. To put it into to terms you may understand, it’s like passing notes and your BFF all rolled into one. Now while the intentions of this app is clean, it’s mainly used by college students and the members of Nickelback to get laid (hence the “McDonald’s for sex). Like McDonald’s, sex on Tinder is everywhere, makes you feel guilty for using it, and horrible the next day. Tinder also allows for the user to have minimal interactions with the person they find hot.
Hot or Not is another app that the “kids” are using for dating. Urban Dictionary said it best when it described the app to be:
Website for people with low self-esteem to post their pictures for other people to say they look pretty.
Sounds like Tinder but with less sex? You are correct to think that. Hot or Not is pretty much making life more like High School when people are judging you based on your appearance. But in addition to getting laid and dates (emphasis more on the getting laid part), the app gets you fans like you are famous. So the app rewards you for being pretty. To sum up this app, it pretty much is the closest thing to being a Kardashian without being related to them and releasing a sex tape.
OkCupid is a popular dating website that has made the transition to mobile app and is probably one of the cleanest dating apps out there, mainly because there isn’t a high emphasis on sex. The Urban Dictionary definition of the app is:
A free dating website where you take surveys to see if you are compatable, however no matter how hard you try you will always get stuck with some fat chick, and all the hot chicks have too high of standards. Also If you get a decent hot chick who has a high percentage rate with you they usually will not respond or say “ew”
While it continues on the dating app trend of vain-ness, it also can be used for finding friends. It also allows the user to fully say/display what their intentions are in their profile before you even chat with them. So if you are looking for a relationship but the other person is just looking for a good time in the sack, then you don’t have to go through all the chatting just to find out that they just want in your pants. It also has each user do a survey and gives a compatibility rating. Pretty much, it’s like speed/blind friending but a little better.
Plenty of Fish
is another popular dating website that has made the transition to mobile apps. It allows the users to meet a wide vary of horny old men, horny teenagers, and desperate singles. The name has a special meaning as it’s actually means Plenty of Catfishing
. This Urban Dictionary
definition sums up this app well:
A free online dating agency which should be avoided at all costs. Full of dirty old men and no-hoper teenagers with filthy underpants desperately seeking attractive young women. And as for the photographs – when the hell did you last see a woman who looked like that and needed to use a free dating agency? Someone I know of examined a photo closely and was sure he could see the staple puncture holes where it had been cut out of a glossy magazine.
So this site is pretty much the sketchiest site on the list. While it may give good results 50% of the time, it still makes people go ehhhh. Again, the definition above sums up this site pretty well.
We hope this guide helps you with finding out what site you should go on and what sites your teen should be on.
Have any apps that we missed? Write them down in the comments below and we’ll add them in!