Tinder or Bumble: Which App Works For You?

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Hey! You there. You’re 65 percent water, and baby I’m thirsty. Let’s put pleasantries aside for a moment. I’ve been scrolling through your selected photos all night and I can’t seem to get your fine self out of my mind. You trying to Bumble with me tonight or Tinder me down—you know I’m game for both, it depends on you.

Tinder

If you still use Tinder, you’re keeping the OG of hookup apps afloat. We’ve all seen the horrifying screen shots of Tinder messages gone wrong, but for some reason you Tinderians can’t seem to keep your hands to yourselves. All you horny bunnies out there—and there’s a lot of you—looking for the quick and easy fix need to hit up Tinder.

An article in Marie Claire said “…new research shows that there are 50 million active users on Tinder, who check their accounts 11 times per day and spend an average of 90 minutes per day on the app.” These interesting statistics lead to say that Tinder users are OCD about collecting matches and ensuring that they conclude with happy endings.

Needless to say, if you’re an impulsive and impatient person, Tinder seems like the right match. Why actually go to bars and attempt to woo a new lover when someone DTF is just one swipe away? For those who feel stifled and trapped by rules, never fear; with Tinder, anyone can initiate the conversation. There’s no pressure for to approach anyone and you can just keep staring at your options until someone grows the balls to start a conversation.

Bumble

Bumble is for men too afraid or lazy to contact women directly and for women who want to assert dominance by reaching out to their matches.

An article by Psychology Today presented some interesting information on the matter: “A study by Shari Dworkin, a medical sociologist at the University of California, San Francisco, found that 72 percent of college-age men want to share the ‘labor’ of getting things started.”

Well, for the 72 percent of “college-age men,” Bumble offers the perfect solution. On this hookup app, some rules must be followed, one of which requiring women to start the conversation within a 24-hour period. Once time runs out, the match disappears.

Tinder ex-employees created this self-proclaimed feminist app with the intention to empower women. To the brave lassies that enjoy initiating conversations with men, cheers to you, but how many women in this world enjoy breaking the ice?

Psychology Today fills in the gap and said, “Females aged 18 to 24 make the first move in 25 percent of relationships.” I imagine the statistic would be higher if women weren’t so stuck in tradition, considering the status quo involves men making the first move.

I suppose it wouldn’t be presumptuous to say Bumble buzzes with lazy men and eager women who may or may not reach out to their matches. However, Bumble encompasses a bunch of youths yearning for an intimate connection. It includes everyone’s Facebook work and education information so you can get a better feel of the person in the context of their interests.

Perhaps since females must reach out to the males, it provokes a pseudo-sense of feminist pride, when in reality men searching for empowerment and validation from women buzz on the Bumble scene.

The Bumble app takes a more progressive stance from the social standard of men reaching out to women. If you’re looking to exit the Middle Ages and enter the bright new world as a Renaissance woman, I suggest you download Bumble.

Lauren Hoffman: writer, jaded romantic, and always making a serious effort to be a flamingo among a flock of pigeons. In my spare time, I am an English Major with a Business minor at the University of Florida.

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