It's not an easy go being single in the digital age. With the world constantly attached to their phones, it's no wonder more and more people are turning to online dating apps to helps us find 'the one'. Tinder, Bumble and Her are now all the rage, helping many singles find a significant other (or a casual fling).
The multitude of dating apps to choose from, it can be hard to know what's right for you. Depending on what you're looking for, that answer can be loaded. We've rounded up some of Australia's leading online dating platforms, giving you a comprehensive guide to the daunting world of online dating sites.
Cost: Free, with in-app purchases
Calling all the forward-thinking ladies. Bumble has totally flipped the dating game, reinventing the notion that men always have to begin the conversation. The modern app is one of the only apps out there that allow women to make the first move. Much like Tinder it’s based on the swipe right or left formula. Empowering women in the very best way by placing all the power in their hands, you won't be on the receiving end of unwanted messages.
The app also offers same-sex matchmaking.
You've probably heard of this one. Now the infamous dating app on almost every millennial phone out there, Tinder has become known in the dating world as to where to find a quick connection. The whole ‘swipe right’ formula makes things easy and quick. In short: you'll be presented with multiple pictures of a profile, if you like the look of the profile you swipe right and if you don't you swipe left. Simple. If someone you swipe right with also swipes right on your photo it’s a match and you can begin building a connection.
Be wary though, Tinder has garnered a reputation as a casual hook up app.
Badoo has a geolocation feature that allows you to know where users you may be connecting with are - whether that be passing them on the street or if they're at the same bar or restaurant you are. The app also has a popular 'lookalike feature', which uses new-wave facial recognition technology to let you search for lookalikes to your fave celebs. For example, if you're after a Liam Hemsworth looking man, you can ask Badoo to help you find him.
The app does have a "casual hookup" vibe to it, so for those on the hunt for serious relationship beware.
Cost: Free, with in-app purchases.
OkCupid allows you to get straight to the point in the setup stage by specifying up front what kind of relationship you’re after and you can choose marriage, hookup, new friends, short-term dating or long-term dating or a combination. You will also answer a questionnaire far less tedious than other dating apps. The app makes messaging and viewing profiles easy, with a LGBTQI+ friendly environment.
Plenty Of Fish
Cost: Free, with in-app purchases.
Founded back in 2003, Plenty of Fish started as an online dating website. It has since created an easy to use app that is generally more popular in the UK, but many do still use it Down Under. The dating app is also geared towards people who are looking for long-term relationships and uses an algorithm to match you with the person that is most suited to your romantic interests. However, the app has been known to have ‘fake’ members, so you have to be extra cautious that who you’re speaking to is who they say they are.
Cost: Free for sign up, paid membership
E-Harmony is an extremely popular dating platform in Australia. You can make a free profile signing up on this platform and can even review your matches. But a monthly membership fee gives you more features so you can benefit from the full experience. People of all ages use E-Harmony so it isn't exclusively for one audience and many people prefer to pay the premium version to cut out those who are just looking for a fling. The dating app is best for those interested in looking for a long-term relationship.
Cost: Free, paid ongoing membership
Zoosk is best for those looking for a mature match. While it has been available for a few years, it is still relatively new to the online dating world. Zoosk is more popular with those seeking more serious relationships, with most potential matches over 30. The app has users partake in an extensive profile and compatibility quiz before your matches are created. Overall, Zoosk is well known to provide a positive experience to its users.
Cost: Free, paid membership
Match has been a part of the Australian dating world for a long time and is a well-known app across the country and the world. The app is free to join and users can browse freely, but to interact with other members requires a monthly subscription fee. Many users tend to start with the free option and browse first to see how many people are in their area before they commit to the app.