What Dating App Should You Join: Tinder vs. Bumble

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There seems to be a ridiculous amount of dating apps and websites available, making it hard to choose which one is right for you. Some options are popular because of how well known they are. Others are of the same if not better quality, yet are specialized to certain groups, or are lost in obscurity.

Comparing the pros and cons of dating apps can help you choose which one would be worth your time joining. In this case, it will be dating apps Tinder and Bumble, both of whom have developed loyal followings and have managed to steadily grow in popularity.

The Basics

Tinder is a rather simple dating app that has inspired countless others—including Bumble. Users simply put together a profile consisting of photos, information about themselves (name, age, location, etc.), and a short biography. They then can look through suggested profiles based on what they’re looking for and choose to swipe left for no or right for yes. You match with that person if they also swipe right on your profile. Unless you match, you can’t see who liked your profile. A “super like,” where you swipe up, is available and will alert the person that they like your profile. You can link it to your social media accounts, like Facebook and Twitter, if you so choose.

Also known as, “Feminist Tinder,” Bumble follows a similar format but gives more control over things like messaging to its female users. When there’s a match, it’s the woman who needs to send the first message—this does not apply for LGBT users however. This can help prevent some of the creepy or unsolicited messages and photos that have become associated with some male Tinder users. The matches also expire in 24 hours if a message doesn’t send.

Costs & Upgrades for Tinder and Bumble

Both apps are free for standard usage and include paid premium formats. For Tinder, free usage limits users to 100 swipes at a time and one super like per day. You are then unable to swipe for 12 hours before it resets your swipe count. The premium version of Tinder offers users unlimited swipes—so no more waiting—and four more additional super likes, plus the ability to change your location to increase your potential matches. The pricing is set at $9.99 USD a month for users under 30 years of age and $19.99 USD a month for those who are 31 years and older.

Bumble’s free version does not have a limit on swipes or potential matches, which does give it a bit of an advantage over Tinder. However, its paid premium—called “Bumble Boost” at $9.99 USD for all users—comes with the ability to “rematch” or reconnect with expired matches for an additional 24 hours. There is also the “Busybee” feature, which extends the existing 24 hours, and “BeeLine” option that allows you to see only users who’ve already liked your profile.

If you are serious about finding girlfriend or boyfriend online and don’t mind paying a small fee, you might be better off by joining Match.com instead of spending money to upgrade your Tinder or Bumble account. Match.com Homepage

The Benefits of Tinder vs Bumble

Tinder’s well-established popularity—it’s currently the most popular dating-based app available in the US—means that there is a MASSIVE variety of users. There’s a strong possibility that you’ll find someone quickly on Tinder compared to other dating apps and websites or on your own. Many of its users are not necessarily looking for serious relationships and marriage so it works for those who are looking for something more on the casual side. Its popularity also means that its developers are able to spend the time and money to make sure that it’s staying up-to-date in performance and quality. Bugs and other issues in the app cannot only be caught faster as a result, but they can potentially be fixed faster as well.

For Bumble, its biggest perk is that it’s a friendlier and less toxic environment for users. Incidents of harassment are easier to report and are handled quickly. It’s also viewed as a much more “mature” environment as well. Most users are looking for relationships that are more on the serious side rather than casual hook-ups. The app also boasts that around 60% of matches made lead to a conversation, which means that you may be more likely to get some value out of making a connection. The simple interface is a big plus, as it makes it easier for new users and those who are new to the dating app scene to adapt.

The Downsides

Tinder has quickly become known as a hook-up app and some do not really think about it as an option for serious dating. There’s also a major issue in its user demographics, with female users being outnumbered at a ratio of 2:1 on average. It’s also prone to catfishing—fake accounts designed to scam or lure users—and harassment by questionable users, which truly hasn’t helped improve its reputation. The app also estimates that around 76% of users are located in urban areas, which can be problematic for users not near a major city.

For Bumble, it’s a much smaller pool of users, which means there’s a lot less variety and it may be harder to match with someone. Its female-centric set-up can also be an issue for male users and make it even harder for them to match. The 24-hour limit has proven to be one of the biggest complaints with users who are too busy to frequently check for messages or who feel like it’s too much pressure to message first. It’s also a much newer app and there’s a lot of room for improvement as both developers and users work out the kinks and try to keep up with the competition.

Did YOU know?

1) Only 9 percent of women and 2 percent of men found a relationship at a bar or club

2) 38% of singles are using online dating

3) One in six marriages now begin online