OkCupid vs. Tinder: Which dating app is better?
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OkCupid vs. Tinder: Which dating app is better?

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With tens of millions of users, OKCupid and Tinder are the most popular free dating apps by far. OkCupid users like its quirky questionnaire and compatibility ratings, and claim it's a better place to find an actual relationship. Tinder doesn't bother with questions; users see photos of people in their area, then swipe left or right to approve or reject potential matches. Do you think #OkCupidIsBetter💘 or #TinderIsBetter🔥?

THE VOTES ARE IN!
#OkCupidIsBetter
51.9%
#TinderIsBetter
48.1%

Although many deride Tinder as the "hook-up" app, a lot of people appreciate that it just cuts right to the chase: Do you think this person is attractive? And hey, people find love on Tinder too.

Others appreciate OkCupid's detailed questionnaire, which you can fill out in as much detail as you'd like. Want to screen out creationists, racists or people who love One Direction? OkCupid lets you do that.

Superficial as Tinder may be, it does boast one huge advantage for women: Users can only contact other users if they've both indicated interest. In other words, guys can't talk to you unless you've given the green light. Since women who date online tend to receive tons of unsolicited messages (many of which are unwanted or downright creepy) lots of ladies prefer the Tinder model. Superficial > stalkers.

Dating apps designed for heterosexuals also have to deal with the "message onslaught" problem, as Ann Friedman noted for New York magazine. Women tend to get messaged much more frequently than men on online dating services, and if their inboxes are so full as to be actually unmanageable, the service becomes worthless. Being able to control who sends you messages means Tinder evades that problem.

But others say Tinder is just another nightmare that makes you feel like you're shopping for humans at a bargain-basement store.

You can prefer one over the other—but, much like dating, online dating can be a shitshow no matter which app you use.

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