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It’s no longer news that romance died in the 21st century, and everyone is just too busy to make time for intense romantic relationships. Instead, we start scrolling over the app store, looking for the “perfect” online dating app to hit up. Tinder established itself as the harbinger of flings, while Coffee Meets Bagel was designed for those looking for meaningful relationships, based on quality over quantity. As a student in the city, the mecca of bustling lifestyles, I jumped into the world of online-dating to finally figure out the real differences between these two popular apps.
I started out with Tinder. After connecting through Facebook, I picked the my most best photos, filled up my bio – and I was ready to go! A few hours later, I received several messages from my matches, asking me out for “coffee, beer or something else.” Light-hearted, and casual, these messages implied my possible suitors were either looking for “some friends” or legit hookups. Yet, I felt like it was impossible to expect something more than a light rendez-vous, when I actually started meeting them in person.
Coffee Meets Bagel (CMB), turns out, also made me connect with Facebook in order to put up some pictures and a bio. Uniquely, CMB allowed me to also write one interesting fact about myself, so, whenever I got a match, a conversation starter was guaranteed. In CMB, you are the “coffee,” your matches are “bagels,” and “coffee beans” are used as the internal cash. Matching usually occurs with someone who you might know, or acquaintances of your Facebook friends. The chat room disappears within 7 days, leading both users in having to find out their respective contact information as soon as possible. A bit like a better mix of Tinder and LinkedIn.
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So, what are the major differences?
1.Tinder has more traditionally good-looking candidates. I don’t want to sound superficial, but when we claim to favor personalities over appearances, we tend to untether from our real desires. If we use these online apps just for light hookups, don’t you think it’s better to meet someone on the more attractive end of the spectrum?
2. Tinder offers you an opportunity to make a first impression. CMB connects you with acquaintances, while Tinder is just all about your location. So, in CMB you’re more likely to be seeing what someone is really like. We all know that everyone pretends when using these apps, but Tinder offers more digital chivalry, if you will, and gives you an opportunity to simply be yourself.
3. Tinder gives you an unlimited number of matches. When you start using CMB, it only provides you with one bagel per day. That number eventually increases to five. According to the app’s algorithm, there is a very high chance that any of the bagels will be “your type.” With the unlimited number of candidates, Tinder gives you more potential mates you can play the game with.
4. CMB has candidates with a better background. CMB equips its users with a form to fill out in which they state their school, job, hobbies, and interesting facts. With most of the matches being your friends’ acquaintances, they will either be in college, freshly graduated, or be on their way to a stable job. Eventually, you can bond over some similar professional topics, and it may really turn into something solid.
After several months, I’m still on Tinder and CMB. I am also still single and ready to mingle. It’s now become a habit to check my bagels every morning, or play Tinder while I’m waiting for the train. We all check our Instagram and Facebook feeds daily, so why not use dating apps as social media, too?