The evolution of digital technology and smart devices over the years has improved various aspects of the society which includes the establishment of romantic relationships. In today’s generation, millennials consider online dating and dating applications as a norm for single individuals to seek romantic, intimate, or sexual relationship due to its accessibility to hundreds of users. According to Pew Research Center, out of the 2,001 American adults they have surveyed, 15 percent have used mobile dating application, or online dating sites such as Tinder, Bumble, Coffee Meets Bagel, Happen, and Hinge.
Furthermore, Match.com, an online dating platform, stated that one out of five relationships starts online, while Statistic Brain reported that the average annual revenue for online dating service and average amount user expenditure is approximately $2 billion and $243, respectively.
Tinder and Bumble are the premier online dating apps which offer the users an opportunity to choose their potential partners by swiping right. These platforms partook in numerous successes and failures in search for romance so here is brief information and breakdown of the pros and cons of Bumble and Tinder.
Tinder is a free hookup application which debuted on September 2012. It allows its users to choose a potential partner by swiping right and reject another user by swiping left. When both parties “match,” they have the opportunity to send messages back and forth. Their matches depend on the social statistics — interest, mutual connections, and location — of the users from Facebook, Instagram, or Spotify.
- Everyone is On It
Tinder allowed its users to express themselves with 37 gender identities with an auto-fill form on display. According to Tinder, “we haven’t had the right tools to serve our diverse community in the past, but that changes today.”
- Casual Hookups
Tinder is essential in speeding up the process of looking for a match to tease for users who are onto a sexual relationship. It is the second highest rated application, following Grindr, for hookup platforms based on thrillist.com.
- Rare Romantic Dates
Tinder is more inclined to physical relationships than personality since users load their profiles with pictures and a brief description of themselves.
- Harassment Hub
Online harassment is prevalent in Tinder due to its messaging interface that serves as an entree for unwanted proposals and shrewd remarks from the opposite sex.
This online dating platform is a location-based application similar to Tinder since the establisher of Bumble is a former developer in Tinder. It is a remarkable application which empowers women to initiate a conversation with potential partners in a heterosexual relationship. Tinder requires the user to respond within 24 hours, or the match will disappear. Some users do not consider Bumble as a hookup platform, but more of an avenue for a long-term relationship.
- Diverse Platform
Bumble offers a variety of sectors such as BumbleBizz for professional networks and Bumble BFF for developing genuine friendships and casual connections.
- Women Empowerment
Bumble is a female-focused dating app which primarily allows women to initiate a conversation with their potential matches, while men only have the chance to communicate with interested women.
- Lack of Gender Diversity
The original concept of Bumble is eliminating the heterogeneity atmosphere of online dating platforms while offering same-sex matches. However, Bumble does not recognize transgender, non-binary, and other identities aside from male and female. This drawback puts Bumble behind Tinder which offers a variety of gender identity upon registration.
- Lack of Bumble Users
In this generation, millennials tend to look for casual hookups rather than serious relationships. It will be challenging to find potential partners nearby, and it will be dull to see similar matches on a single day.