Dating: There's An App for That

By Megan Weyrauch on November 19, 2013

Let’s face it: romance can be tough. But can dating apps such as SetMeUp and Pure get you what you want in an instant.

Here are eight common dating apps college students are using today.

1. SetMeUp

SetMeUp helps you find dates through friend-of-friend connections to help users meet new singles and enrich their first date experiences. College students and post-grads install the app on Facebook, select friends and search through those friends friends sorted by compatibility.

SetMeUp helps people find and easily connect with their friends of friends, who they are more likely to trust because everyone falls within the same social circles. Full privacy for the user is maintained because no one knows who is using the app other than those people successfully connecting with each other.

In its initial release, SetMeUp achieved over 3 million searchable profiles.

Photo by timparkinson on flickr.com

2. Tinder

Tinder is a location-based dating app. When using this app, you are shown a headshot of another Tinder user currently nearby. If you are interested in the person, you swipe to let Tinder know and if two Tinder users are mutually interested, a chat box opens so the two can get acquainted.

While some have used the app for long-term dating, it has a reputation for hookups, where you only meet for some quick loving.

3. Pure

Pure is an invitation-only app that works like Tinder to start with. Users upload a photo, designate which genders they fancy and start choosing fellow users they are interested in.

Mutual attraction is confirmed by clicking a simple yes or no. The request, conversation history and photos are deleted from Pure within an hour.

The Pure app exists to make a radical change and give people back the freedom to enjoy a regular and diverse sex life in light of government, society and religion that have oppressed human sexuality in the past and today.

Photo by kevin dooley on flickr.com

4. Bang With Friends

Bang with Friends works through a connection with your Facebook account. You choose which of your friends you would be interested in spending the night with and if they have chosen you as well, the app alerts you and you can message each other.

Privacy is a big deal with this app because it was created to avoid awkward moments, so the app makers promise security and anonymity.

5. Coffee Meets Bagel

The Coffee Meets Bagel app works through Facebook as well. Each day, users receive an email about a potential match (usually a friend of a Facebook friend) where they click like or pass on that person. If you like each other, you can set up a date with Groupon-style discounts to local coffee shops and restaurants offered up as meeting points.

This app works on three principles:

- Unless you want to tell others, your dating life should remain private

- Your friends are the best conduits for your dates

- Meeting quality people doesn’t have to be so awkward or complicated

6. Grindr

Grindr is a gay-only app for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry that displays in grid form all of the male users in close proximity who may be available. Everyone is free to message everyone else with this app.

7. Date My School

Date My School functions like a gated campus, allowing users to search for singles who are current students or alumni of your selected school. You must have an .edu email address to use the app, and once in, you can find coeds on campus who share your interests.

8. Snapchat

Though Snapchat is not technically a dating app, this popular photo-messaging service allows users to send each other pictures and videos that disappear after a designated amount of time (i.e., 10 seconds).

Although critics have said the app allows a seemingly safe place for sexting or sending lewd photos, Snapchat is mainly used for picture messaging between long-distance couples, friends and flirts.

Photo by hannahsheltonTT on flickr.com

Pick your app and start meeting some local single college students.

Hello! I am currently serving as the Director of News/Managing Editor for Uloop News. I recruit writers, edit many articles, manage interns, and lead our National Team. When I'm not writing or editing, I love to take part in community theater, read, and enjoy the outdoors with my husband Kevin. I have a Bachelor's degree in English and Professional Writing from Ohio State University and an M.Ed. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Wright State University. If you ever have questions or just want to chat, email me at megan@uloop.com.

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