On Valentine's Day, some singles may be inspired to step up their dating game. Amy Giberson, now 34, was reluctant to try internet dating again but she decided to give it one more shot in 2014. There are a slew of sites and apps to help singles find love and, for the most part, they work, according to Consumer Reports.
She downloaded the Match app and connected with Justin Pounders, also 34, almost immediately. Nearly half, or 44 percent, of those who tried online dating said it led to a serious long-term relationship or marriage, the magazine found.
To qualify for the study, each app had to have at least 2,000 app store reviews, meaning niche sites like Farmers Only weren’t included. Unlike Tinder, only people in your network (aka friends of friends) are shown.
Here are how America’s 11 most popular dating apps ranked. Grindr has been helping gay guys meet gay guys in their area since 2009.
App analytics company Applause recently completed a study of 97 dating apps to see which ones were meeting user expectations.
To qualify, an app had to have more than 2,000 reviews across the App Store and the Google Play store.
SOURCE: Consumer Reports "It's clear that online dating websites play a major role in the lives of many consumers — we invest a tremendous amount of time, money and emotional energy.
It really is a consumer issue worthy of our attention." said Margot Gilman, money editor for Consumer Reports.
That's a big difference, and perhaps indicates that people take out their dating woes on the apps they use. New research from the Pew Research Center shows that in the past two years, the percentage of US adults who had used a dating app tripled.But that doesn't mean all dating apps are created equal.Today, nearly half of the public knows someone who uses online dating or who has met a spouse or partner via online dating – and attitudes toward online dating have grown progressively more positive.To be sure, many people remain puzzled that someone would want to find a romantic partner online – 23% of Americans agree with the statement that “people who use online dating sites are desperate” – but in general it is much more culturally acceptable than it was a decade ago.Along with key review factors, this compensation may impact how and where sites appear on the page (including, for example, the order in which they appear).