Kim Barnard checks out some of the newest additions to the online matchmaking world to see what the fuss is all about.
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, you’ll know that dating doesn’t happen like it did in the old days. Our lives are getting busier and busier and if you’re single there’s a fair chance you have felt the pull of technology to give your social life a bit of a shove.
Where to begin though? While apps such as Tinder have kicked off the trend, more discerning consumers are looking to the new wave of matchmaking sites to meet their needs and take their dating experience to the next level.
Created by two Australian entrepreneurs, Winger Social is a site that allows you and two friends to be matched with another group of three, then sends you to one of the best bars in town, where you’re shouted the first round. The premise is that blind dates are awkward (uh, YEAH) and meeting someone for the first time is SO much easier when you have some wingmen in tow. The Winger concierge hand-matches groups (based on some personal information provided) and then plans an excellent night out for you and your group of six. Winger is basically the anti Tinder—it’s all about coaxing people out from behind their phones, taking a chance and having some fun meeting new people, which we love.
Verdict: A breath of fresh air.
Want to make sure your potential partner is… shall we say… loaded? Luxy is the dating service for you, then. Matches are made from a pool of wealthy (and attractive) singles, including CEOs, entrepreneurs, investors, models, doctors, pro athletes, and straight-up zillionaires—all looking to meet a glamorous life partner who’s not a stranger to the high life. Elitist? Yep. Popular? You betcha. Favoured by those who dream about yachts and, y’know, having their own island, Luxy is gathering quite a following among the upwardly mobile single set.
Verdict: A bit mean?
Ever encountered someone who you wish you had struck up a conversation with? Happn is a new French app created to help ease the regret of letting someone you like pass you by. The app allows users to keep a log of everyone they cross paths with, so that (if they have the Happn app, too) you can track them down and make contact. You’ll only make be connected if you both indicate your interest, so there’s no dating spam.
Verdict: Perfect for those that take a bit longer to work up the courage to chat to their crush.
This American dating site is all about tapping into your existing networks to find your perfect match, without having to rely on bbqs, weddings and dinner parties to socialise. Hinge has been set up to help busy singles meet the people that their friends would introduce them to, without actually having to wait for an event as an excuse! Once you sign up, you will receive daily batches of potential connections that you might know, based on your existing social circles. It’s kind of like Facebook’s ‘people you may know’, but with much more chance of a pash.
Verdict: Great for those who wish they could date their friends.
Created to give the power back to single women, Siren is a dating app with a difference. Designed to put women in the driver’s seat, it’s all about allowing women to control their visibility while also encouraging them to make the first move. On the app daily, all Siren users are given a question to answer (eg ‘What song do you wake up singing?’) and users can respond if they like. The idea is that it lets real personalities shine through and takes the emphasis of scripted bios, and air-brushed photos.
Verdict: Definitely NOT creepy.