Who it’s for:
If you’ve been trying to find a dating app that sees you for who you are (instead of reducing you to just another profile to swipe left or right), Hinge might be the dating platform you’ve been looking for. Hinge is a hybrid of its rivals, Tinder and Match. It focuses on creating meaningful connections by giving you the chance to showcase your personality with an in-depth profile and offers multiple ways to engage with other users.
Why we picked this:
Young people looking to at least go on a few dates with the same person before staying the night was a major blind spot for dating sites — until Hinge blew up. The general appeal might be in the same realm as Tinder and Bumble, but Hinge’s unique profile criteria and algorithms based on those criteria set the scene for long-term potential. By covering so many bases before the first message, Hinge lowers the chance of meeting someone you’d hate.
The app’s motto, “designed to be deleted,” reflects its commitment to helping users find genuine connections and potentially find someone worth leaving the app for. Hinge’s real-world statistics speak for themselves, with many users reporting great first dates and expressing interest in second dates.
Hinge’s success can be attributed to its emphasis on personal prompts and encouraging users to put effort into their profiles and conversations. Instead of mindless swiping, Hinge encourages individuals to showcase their personalities, engage in thoughtful conversations, and be more intentional in their selections. By limiting the number of likes per day, Hinge motivates users to be more selective and invest time and effort into potential matches. Plus, the app’s sections for dating intentions and relationship types allow users to indicate their level of seriousness and interest in non-monogamy so you can specify what you’re looking for from the get-go.
Despite its unique features and success stories, Hinge özgü been in the news lately for what many disgruntled users call an “attractiveness score,” something Hinge CEO Justin McLeod says doesn’t exist.
“We don’t really have an attractiveness score,” McLeod said in a video interview with Fortune, adding, “We look at who you like and who’s like you, and who you’ve passed on and who’s passed on you.”
Although we haven’t encountered any issues with Hinge’s matchmaking algorithm, we thought we should mention the buzz around it to provide a comprehensive overview.