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Published Monday Feb 03, 2020 by Erica Arvanitis

8 Dating Apps To Try Other Than Tinder

Personal Growth

With an endless stream of matches, messages, and GIFs (the best part, let’s be honest), it’s easy to get overwhelmed on dating apps. Not only that, but the anxiety presents itself in which dating app to download in the first place. Bumble? Tinder? Hinge? How do you pick what works best for you?  

Whether you’re looking for something casual, someone to grow old with, or a hot yoga buddy (pun intended), here are the best dating apps to help you find love, connection, or whatever else you want. 

Bumble

Perfect if: You want to make the first move.  

While society may teach women to wait for the first move, Bumble is all about putting the power in your pocket. Founded to challenge the old school rules of dating, Bumble empowers female users to shoot the first shot. Not only do they inspire authenticity by incorporating real users into their advertising (check out the #FindThemOnBumble campaign), but the CEO—Whitney Wolfe Herd—takes steps to make the app a safe and welcoming place. For example, after the stream of mass shootings in 2018, she officially banned any photos of guns on the app.

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Bumble

Perfect if: You want to make the first move.  

While society may teach women to wait for the first move, Bumble is all about putting the power in your pocket. Founded to challenge the old school rules of dating, Bumble empowers female users to shoot the first shot. Not only do they inspire authenticity by incorporating real users into their advertising (check out the #FindThemOnBumble campaign), but the CEO—Whitney Wolfe Herd—takes steps to make the app a safe and welcoming place. For example, after the stream of mass shootings in 2018, she officially banned any photos of guns on the app.

Hinge

Perfect if: You want a real connection.  

“Designed to be deleted,” Hinge finds you matches based on a questionnaire that pairs you with people who share common interests. Not only that, but you’ll interact with much more of a user’s profile on Hinge than you would on Bumble or Tinder. Whether it’s a funny quote they post, their favorite TV show, or a hilarious photo of them holding a puppy like a baby, you can engage with it all and even leave a comment to strike up a conversation. A thoughtful mix of Tinder’s swiping and Match’s relationship focus, Hinge is perfect if you’re ready to start thinking about dinner plans with someone new.  
 

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Hinge

Perfect if: You want a real connection.  

“Designed to be deleted,” Hinge finds you matches based on a questionnaire that pairs you with people who share common interests. Not only that, but you’ll interact with much more of a user’s profile on Hinge than you would on Bumble or Tinder. Whether it’s a funny quote they post, their favorite TV show, or a hilarious photo of them holding a puppy like a baby, you can engage with it all and even leave a comment to strike up a conversation. A thoughtful mix of Tinder’s swiping and Match’s relationship focus, Hinge is perfect if you’re ready to start thinking about dinner plans with someone new.  
 

Her

Perfect if: You’re queer and over heteronormative apps.  

An app “for queer womxn, by queer womxn,” Her is a safe space to find connections with bisexual, lesbian, queer, or gender non-conforming partners. More than just a dating app, Her is big on community, hosting events and parties in over fifteen cities across the country. Whether you want to expand your group of friends or match with someone new, use Her to help you find your person, whoever that may be. 

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Her

Perfect if: You’re queer and over heteronormative apps.  

An app “for queer womxn, by queer womxn,” Her is a safe space to find connections with bisexual, lesbian, queer, or gender non-conforming partners. More than just a dating app, Her is big on community, hosting events and parties in over fifteen cities across the country. Whether you want to expand your group of friends or match with someone new, use Her to help you find your person, whoever that may be. 

Sweatt

Perfect if: You’re looking for a swole-mate.  

If fitness is a part of your everyday life, it’s only natural you would want a partner who’s also active. Enter Sweatt. What makes this dating app different is the questions they ask, and how it’s set up. Users input their favorite workouts (bootcamp, cycling, yoga, dance, whatever), when and how often they work out, and nutrition preferences. With all that info, you’ll be well on your way to matching with your next running buddy, yoga partner, or whatever you’re looking for. Plus, there’s nothing like a good group fitness date. Download the Mindbody app to find a class near you (sweat together, stay together). 

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Sweatt

Perfect if: You’re looking for a swole-mate.  

If fitness is a part of your everyday life, it’s only natural you would want a partner who’s also active. Enter Sweatt. What makes this dating app different is the questions they ask, and how it’s set up. Users input their favorite workouts (bootcamp, cycling, yoga, dance, whatever), when and how often they work out, and nutrition preferences. With all that info, you’ll be well on your way to matching with your next running buddy, yoga partner, or whatever you’re looking for. Plus, there’s nothing like a good group fitness date. Download the Mindbody app to find a class near you (sweat together, stay together). 

Ship

Perfect if: You really trust your friend's judgment.  

On a mission to make dating fun again, the babes from Betches created Ship, an app that lets your friends swipe for you, which might not be the worst idea. Think about it: when you’re making a game-time decision of whether to swipe right or message someone, don’t you send a screenshot into the group chat anyway? Your friends know you, let them take over—and give your thumb a rest from all that swiping.  

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Ship

Perfect if: You really trust your friend's judgment.  

On a mission to make dating fun again, the babes from Betches created Ship, an app that lets your friends swipe for you, which might not be the worst idea. Think about it: when you’re making a game-time decision of whether to swipe right or message someone, don’t you send a screenshot into the group chat anyway? Your friends know you, let them take over—and give your thumb a rest from all that swiping.  

MeetMindful

Perfect if: You’re looking for a Zen partner.  

The conscious dating app, MeetMindful, is all about finding a deep, meaningful connection. On your profile, you can include the standard facts about yourself, while answering more in-depth questions as well, like your mantra, how your friends describe you, how you like to live mindfully through fitness, meditation, etc. MeetMindful’s founder, Amy Baglan, suggest that it’s actually super beneficial to do a quick meditation before heading out on a first date:  

“Before a first date, your mind can start running wild...Try sitting and meditating for 10 minutes. It can do wonders to calm that restless energy and get you back to a balanced state so you can show up as your authentic, amazing self.” If you don’t know which app to download, check out our list of self-care apps to add to your wellness routine!  

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MeetMindful

Perfect if: You’re looking for a Zen partner.  

The conscious dating app, MeetMindful, is all about finding a deep, meaningful connection. On your profile, you can include the standard facts about yourself, while answering more in-depth questions as well, like your mantra, how your friends describe you, how you like to live mindfully through fitness, meditation, etc. MeetMindful’s founder, Amy Baglan, suggest that it’s actually super beneficial to do a quick meditation before heading out on a first date:  

“Before a first date, your mind can start running wild...Try sitting and meditating for 10 minutes. It can do wonders to calm that restless energy and get you back to a balanced state so you can show up as your authentic, amazing self.” If you don’t know which app to download, check out our list of self-care apps to add to your wellness routine!  

Loosid

Perfect if: You’re livin’ a sober lifestyle.  

Not into “grabbing a drink” as your first date option? Check out Loosid, a supportive app for sober people either in recovery after battling addiction, or just looking to explore the alcohol-free scene. You can interact with the community, connect with like-minded people, find booze-free events, and there’s even an option to get help with a hotline if you’re struggling.  
 

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Loosid

Perfect if: You’re livin’ a sober lifestyle.  

Not into “grabbing a drink” as your first date option? Check out Loosid, a supportive app for sober people either in recovery after battling addiction, or just looking to explore the alcohol-free scene. You can interact with the community, connect with like-minded people, find booze-free events, and there’s even an option to get help with a hotline if you’re struggling.  
 

Meetup

Perfect if: You’re tired of boring coffee dates.  

While it’s not a dating app per se, Meetup does have some meetups specifically for singles. Whether you’re looking for a group that worships their Frenchies or you need a new trivia night, Meetup helps you find events in your area sorted into different categories like dance, health, business, or wellness. Even if you don’t find someone special, you can meet people in your neighborhood, build your network, or do something fun!  

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Meetup

Perfect if: You’re tired of boring coffee dates.  

While it’s not a dating app per se, Meetup does have some meetups specifically for singles. Whether you’re looking for a group that worships their Frenchies or you need a new trivia night, Meetup helps you find events in your area sorted into different categories like dance, health, business, or wellness. Even if you don’t find someone special, you can meet people in your neighborhood, build your network, or do something fun!  

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
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Erica Arvanitis
Copywriter
About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
Pregnant Kim Haile and her daughter
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Published Wednesday Apr 01, 2020 by Kim Haile

Finding Peace: Pregnant in a Pandemic

Perspective
Personal Growth

I’m celebrating week 21 of pregnancy. Baby is the size of a banana or bell pepper. I don’t know why it’s so fun to compare a growing fetus to a fruit or veggie, but it gives me a much-needed laugh while I make note to avoid consuming bananas for the week.  This is also ultrasound week. I’m no longer able to bring my husband and daughter to the appointment, but we understand that these restrictions are put in place to protect us. Like so many pregnant women and mothers across the world, I’m doing my best to adapt to the new norm and changes that COVID-19 has introduced to my already stressful life. 
 
Pregnant women across various metro cities are beginning to face fears of delivering their baby without a birthing partner by their side for the duration of the hospital stay. Family members and friends may not be able to meet baby in-person for quite some time, so those special first meetings happen over FaceTime. New mommy groups switch to virtual meetups. I’m feeling the weight of it all (and I’m not referring to the extra weight I’ve gained from WFH snacking), the heaviness of the unknown that we all carry as we navigate through all of this change. 

Tuning into nightly news or googling the latest COVID-19 death tolls is a surefire way to lose sleep, but we do it anyway because we want to stay informed as we wrap our heads around how much this pandemic will change our world. Maybe your anxiety and personal despair grow as you hear from a friend who recently lost their job or read about your favorite restaurant unable to keep its doors open. Canceled events, long-anticipated vacations, and temporarily closed fitness studios are not only inconvenient, but force us to reframe our attitudes. 

I can hear my mother’s voice telling me to relax. She tells me that the baby can feel my stress, and that isn’t good for anyone. I begin to feel guilty about my inability to quiet the negative feelings and decide that something needs to change. We can’t change what the media reports, the pressure at work, or predict how long it will take for the economy to recover. But what if we reminded ourselves to do the best with what we have and keep moving forward—one day at a time. Amidst the chaos, we’re becoming a stronger, kinder community, and that is truly a beautiful thing to see. 

The journey to my second trimester wasn’t an easy one. I suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage a few years ago. I made time for my body and mind to heal after the loss. Float tank sessions, meditation, vinyasa power flow, and frequent facials helped me connect with my body. I can’t say self-care alone healed my depression, but it certainly helped me discover the importance of self-love and repaired my self-confidence. 

After many pregnancy tests and negative results, I was at peace with accepting that having another child may not be in the cards for me. Fast forward to age 37. I was shocked to see a + symbol on three pregnancy stick tests. Although I’m medically referred to as a geriatric pregnancy, my OB/Gyn said there was no reason for me to go into this pregnancy with a negative mindset. Eat healthy, stay active, and focus on being POSITIVE. Maybe the pursuit of happiness and path to personal wellness was really that simple.  

On my 38th birthday, I celebrated my 20th week of pregnancy—I’ll refer to it as the “Pregnant in a Pandemic Party.” I blew out a candle on a warm chocolate chip cookie that my husband and daughter baked together. They were my only party guests, but I didn’t need a room full of people at a fancy restaurant to feel pure gratitude. People across the world continue to test positive for COVID-19. I was safe in my home with my family. I was right where I needed to be.

Although the past few weeks have brought a wide range of emotions for all of us, I’m choosing to use this extra time to self-reflect and bond with family. I’m mentally recording my five-year-old daughter as she whispers to my stomach and tells her baby sister that August couldn’t come soon enough. This is life. So perfectly imperfect at times, but beautiful in more ways than we know. We may be housebound, down to the last few rolls of toilet paper, and our hair hasn’t seen a salon in over a month. The loss of control and routine over our daily lives can make us feel like failures. Trust me; we’re not. We were never meant to get through this alone. Together, we will get through this—one day at a time. 

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Written by
Kim Haile
Senior Corporate Communications Specialist
About the author
Hailing from the East Coast, Kim loves the challenge of Marketing and the fast-paced tech industry. She earned her undergraduate degree in Business from Northeastern University in Boston, where she endured brutal New England winters and avoided smiling while riding the T. Now a happy Californian, Kim loves the beach, HIIT workouts, and traveling with her husband and young daughter.