Are Dating Apps for More Than Just Dating?

shutterstock_404917801For those who think dating apps are simply used to find significant others, think again. Dating apps are making it easier to make friends and meet new people without the social anxieties of a first date. Tinder and Bumble both added unique features that allow users to hang out in groups and match with people they see themselves being friends with, respectively.

This could make it less daunting to move to a new city with no connections nearby. It’s also a chance for you and your friends to change it up – to go to new places and meet new people. Check out how Tinder and Bumble make it easy to explore new places and try new things with people who share similar interests.


Tinder is a dating app that launched in 2012. It allows users to swipe through other users nearby, swiping right on those you’re interested in and left on those you’re not. If the other person also swipes right on your profile, the two of you then match and either person can begin the conversation.

A few months ago, Tinder launched its group dating feature called Tinder Social. The platform allows a group of friends to match other groups interested in doing the same thing. Say you and your friends want to grab drinks or go dancing, you can turn on the Tinder Social setting and the app automatically matches you with another group looking for a similar night out.

Tinder Social was first beta-tested in Australia. According to the company, users in Australia got together and went to concerts and organized pub crawls. The feature is now available for app users in India, the U.S., Canada, the U.K., New Zealand, and of course the Land Down Under. You can download Tinder from the iOS App Store or Google Play Store.


Bumble was created in 2014 as a location-based dating app that empowers women to take the lead. Similar to Tinder, users swipe right if they’re interested and left if they’re not. One of the key differences, though, is who can initiate the conversation. On Bumble, only women can start a conversation after they’ve matched with another person. Another distinguishing characteristic is its 24-hour time limitation. Women must talk to their match within 24 hours or the other person’s profile will disappear.

Earlier this year, Bumble unveiled its BFF mode, which lets users swipe through people of the same sex to find others they could see themselves being friends with. Once a match is made, profiles are color coded based on friendship and potential dates – green for friends and yellow for dates.

Bumble saw an interest in the feature from users who were either moving or visiting a new destination and wanted to make a new connection. The feature can be used when you download the app for free on the iOS App Store or Google Play Store.




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