Top 5 dating apps

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Top 5 Dating Apps

It could be argued that online dating has taken the fate out of people’s destinies. No more chance encounters, where you are both in the same place at the same time with all of the elements in your favour for an unexpected opportunity to spark up a conversation. Online dating puts the power in your hands, and gives singles a common ground to start off with – I’m single, you’re single and we both want to meet someone. Most dating apps allow you to match yourselves with others, or browse through photos of their subscribers. So let’s take a look at some of the more popular dating apps in South Africa.

1. Zoosk

Zoosk is fairly simple in that it matches your taste and preferences with your activities on the website and the profile you set up. It is a social platform for serious dating with a free sign-up through the app, or through your Facebook profile – don’t worry, nothing is posted on Facebook about your Zoosk membership. The only down side is that you need to pay in order to contact someone, or see who has visited your profile. Saying this though, it really is not that expensive.

Zoosk will cost about R20 for one month, R50pm for three months and R75pm for six months.

2. Tinder

Tinder is one of the world’s most popular dating apps. It’s easy to set up and is completely free. There are certain additional features, which can be purchased, however the free app is good enough for most. Tinder is good because only those who you allow to message you are able to do so. In order for messages to be exchanged, both parties need to first give permission by swiping right on the person’s profile, while swiping left will remove them completely. After you have both swiped right on each other’s profiles, you will receive a match notification from the app, where after you can start messaging each other.

3. Dating Buzz

Dating Buzz is a fairly popular site in South Africa and very easy to use. Although it is an international company, much like the other popular apps, it has quite a large presence in SA. It provides a two-way matching feature based on your profiles, and enables you to add other members to your favourites section. When you are ready, you simply send them a private message to get in touch. Members are able to block others should they need to and you can easily see what you may have in common with other members.

Dating Buzz costs between R100 and R180 per month, depending on whether you take a one month or 12 month subscription. For an additional R40 per month, you can allow others to message you back for free.

4. Singles Around Me

Singles Around Me, or SAM is an app which allows users the ability to see those other SAM subscribers who are single and close to your location at any given moment. SAM is free on sign up and charges no monthly costs. With SAM, you can navigate through profiles of people that are near your location, or maybe you are travelling and want to meet someone in another destination, SAM will allow you to search for people no matter where you are. After sign-up it is also possible to send messages and winks to those who interest you.

From a safety point of view, it is possible to turn off or even shift your location and only show where you are when you want to.

5. Skout

The basic Skout App is free, however there is a Skout+ app which costs R34 and simply will not show any ads while the app is in use. With Skout you set certain search parameters which allows you to meet people of interest to you. It can be anyone from anywhere, making this a great app for those travelling to a different destination or moving to a new city. It is similar to Facebook, except that the point is to meet, chat and possibly date those members of interest to you.

These Apps are available on Amazon, Google Play, as well as the App store, making them accessible to just about every one with a cell-phone. Online dating makes it super easy for you to find someone who you are attracted to, and who you share common interests with, without having to wait for that chance meeting. So get active, put your heart out there, and we wish you luck in finding the girl of your dreams!