Thursday, 3 March 2016

Dating Fun Times

Dating Jigtalk Bumble


It’s been a while since I’ve blogged anything date-related so I figured it was about time for a little update before anyone started speculating that my silence on the subject meant something.

LOL. It doesn’t.

Whilst my efforts into using dating apps has dwindled slightly recently, I thought I’d do a little post on a couple of apps which are bit more niche than your standard POF and Tinder.

Tinder is still shit, POF is still a lot of effort, just in case anyone was wondering. I think Tinder has stopped showing me in their results now because it’s been that long since I logged into my account. Zero loss to my life right there.

Anyway.

A new one which I was introduced to by a PR agency (FYI, they haven’t paid or bribed me to write about it, I just think it’s worth sharing) is JigTalk. It’s Tinder-style in that you swipe but you don’t get to see a photo of someone immediately, you just get a name, age and a few icebreakers. Once you match and start chatting, the other person’s photo is revealed in jigsaw pieces (see what they did with the name there?), so the more you talk, the more you see of them.

Personally, I quite like this as it makes you make an effort to actually chat to someone and it’s not at all based on appearance. Of course, physical attraction is important, but I think this is a far better way to do things online, simply because you can’t be disposable about the people you talk to. It’s not all entirely based on appearances, it’s pretty evenly weighted with personality. I’d love to hear what you think of this one as it’s a pretty new concept to me and from what I can tell, to the dating world too. I’ve had it a couple of days and had a few matches and am chatting to a few people, despite it not being as widely known as other apps.

The other app I wanted to mention is Bumble, which is very similar to Tinder, but it requires the girl to make the first move. It was actually created by the same people as Tinder but matches disappear after 24 hours unless the girl makes contact. Whilst some guys might not like that they can’t make the first move, I know a lot who find it frustrating that they never get the first message so, for them, it’s probably pretty ideal. Some girls might not be keen on this as I know a fair few female friends who wouldn’t dream of sending the first message (something like ‘but it’s a man’s job to message first’... sigh), but other girls who prefer not to wait around for chivalry (ie, me), are pretty happy to start a conversation.

This one I think will divide people as whilst it might empower women to make them make the first move, surely by taking away equality, it’s not actually a feminist move at all? I’m a bit unsure so I’d love to hear your thoughts. I can’t say I’ve invested enough time in it or had enough conversations with people on it to gauge what it’s success rate is like so if you’ve had any experiences with it, I’d be interested in hearing them!


What do you think of the newer dating apps? Do you think it’s time to move away from POF and Tinder and onto more niche platforms, or do you think they offer up more options? Let me know in the comments or tweet me @GlassesGirl3.
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  1. I've met the guys at Jigtalk a few times and think it's an awesome idea! I'm still pretty convinced by tinder though :)

    Bethan | Ethical Entrepreneurship

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    1. That's good to know! I'm hoping I'll chat to enough people on it to see what it's really like, but so far I'm getting better conversations than I have on other apps :)

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  2. Date me! I'm not house trained or anything but I'd totally take you for coctails!

    Kariss
    www.shystrangemanic.com

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    1. You are definitely date material, the next time you're in Leeds, we'll do this!

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