The Best Dating Apps For Whatever Action You’re Looking For

Striking out on dating apps? Maybe you’re using the wrong app.

If you want to get married in the next year, for instance, you really shouldn’t be looking for your eternal Netflix partner on Seed. If you want to order someone to your apartment for casual sex like they’re takeout, eHarmony’s not your bag.

And believe it or not, Tinder isn’t for everyone. Despite being extremely popular, the app doesn’t get great reviews from users, not even cracking the top 20 dating and sex apps in ratings. We’re not saying you shouldn’t have an account — swiping right and left is always going to be fun, and there’s something exciting about an app with over 50 million users — but still, you might also want to look elsewhere.

Before we go over the best apps for different people, here’s a look at the dating apps with the most satisfied users from a 2016 Applause report:

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Apparently “SayHi” is different, and a lot worse, than “JustSayHi’

Glancing at this data, we’ll note that JustSayHi, the most popular video-based dating app, blows all competition away as the most-often enjoyed dating app on the market. Although the app is free, it’s filled with pop-up ads and doesn’t allow you to filter many of your matches. The second most popular app for straight people, Mingle, also uses video profiles, so it’s easy to draw a conclusion there. Mingle is free as well, and it adds a group chat function — remember AIM singles chatrooms? — that JustSayHi doesn’t have. Mingle takes a chatroom, adds in Chatroulette, and puts the whole thing on your phone.

But let’s say you’re hesitant about uploading videos and you want to do this dating app thing the old fashioned (you know, like early 2010s) way. That we’ve broken down for you too.

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Stay cool, man.

If you’re seeking casual heterosexual sex

Tinder is still the go-to app for most people when they want casual sex. But you know all about Tinder, with its famous interface and millions of users, so let’s talk about other apps.

A few other good options are Jaumo, Moko or Skout than Tinder.

Jaumo, according to the app data above, ranks “excellent” among users. It was created in Southern Germany in 2011 and boasts over 20 million worldwide users, though admittedly it’s more popular outside the United States. Jaumo is free to use, though its “red carpet version” is available to users as well. Controversially, Jaumo allows users to geo-locate others on a map (if they’ve opted into that service), which might put some people off.

Skout is actually the largest dating app in the world, though, like Jaumo, it’s not as big in the U.S. Skout encourages its users to contact people who don’t live near them and wants you to check in when you go to public events so you can run into other Skout users. It’s a great way to gauge who at a concert or club is willing to see where things go.

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I can tell that we are gonna be friends.

If you’re seeking casual non-hetero sex

Hornet, GROWLr, and Scruff are the three apps most beloved by men who like kissing men, regardless of how they identify. GROWLr and Scruff are primarily for bears and cubs, but Hornet services guys of all physical types. Hornet also allows users to talk to men all over the world, so you can experiment with chatting up strangers until you’re ready to meet up IRL.

In the bear dating world, Scruff allows you to share photos with individual guys easily by adjusting your privacy settings. Meanwhile, GROWLr has a robust and detailed events section, in case you want to bring some bros to an event.

Surge is the second most beloved dating app in the data set above, and it’s the number one most highly rated app for gay guys. All the apps listed in this section have options for guys looking for a serious relationship, but their primary function is to hook up strangers quickly. Surge, especially, markets itself as more of a quick hook-up app than a place to make a lasting connection.

Many dating apps allow people to search for partners based on gender identification, but HER is the premier app for women seeking other women (or anyone who isn’t a cis-man). HER is more community-minded than most dating apps, and it allows you to upload text files in addition to photos, as well as mark other people as friends instead of potential matches.

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Whoo, we did it, honey! Our wedding hashtag was trending!

If your parents are bothering you about settling down

The gold standard for serious, monogamously-minded straight people is still eHarmony, but because that site refuses to let anyone other than “breeders” join (only heterosexual matches allowed), it’s difficult to sing its praises. It’s also pay-to-use.

OKCupid maintains its intellectual branding by collecting data on all of its users (answers to public quiz questions, that is) and publishing reports on what sort of behaviors gets people matched up. Though there are certainly ways to remain open for casual flings on OKCupid, the mere fact that you have to fill out a long profile suggests you’re in this for the long haul. OKCupid is free, though a paid account allows you to search for users with specific details in their profile. If you perform well on OKCupid, you may also be invited into its top-tier wing of “most attractive” users.

Generally, if you’re looking to meet “the one”, apps like Coffee Meets Bagel, Bumble, and Hinge, aka The Relationship App, are your best bets for robust matches based on your interests, location, mutual friends, and conversation. All three apps are free.

Most users are super into creating detailed profiles, either because they want to meet someone special, or they’re friggin’ nerds.

Lastly, if you’re looking for a serious partner and you fancy yourself a dime-piece and someone with a reputable job and education, you may want to take a crack at applying for The League, a free dating app which searches through your social media and only allows you to join if you’re deemed “a catch” by the developers. Once you’re in, The League gives you four matches a day and allows you to (you guessed it) swipe left or right.

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Your entire friend group is just waiting for you to ask.

For group sex with men and women

There are numerous ways to make group sex happen; sometimes a situation begins with a threesome and sometimes it begins when a group of like-minded people trying to date or mess around meets at a bar. There’s also the extremely not-casual route to group sex: using an app to attend a sex party or BDSM dungeon.

There are no rules stated on most “group date” apps as far as who’s supposed to go home with whom. So technically, though Tinder Social, Entourage and Grouper advertise themselves as ways to bring your buddies along on an otherwise-awkward first date, all of those apps could be a one-way ticket to orgy-town.

See also: Selfie psychology swipes right on Tinder’s basic premise

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Germany agrees to ban female civil servants, judges and soldiers from wearing the full-face burka at work

  • Angela Merkel has said full-face veils should be banned ‘wherever possible’
  • Her Christian Democratic Party lost votes to anti-immigration rivals in 2016
  • More than a million mostly Muslim migrants came to Germany in last two years 

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A draft law to ban German civil servants, judges and soldiers from wearing full-face burkas at work has been agreed by the country’s parliament.

The move comes after Chancellor Angela Merkel called in December for a ban on full-face Muslim veils ‘wherever legally possible’. 

There are five months to go before a federal election, and her conservatives lost some support to the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) during the migrant crisis.

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The German lower house of parliament - the Bundestag - has agreed to ban civil servants, judges and soldiers from wearing full-face burkas

The German lower house of parliament – the Bundestag – has agreed to ban civil servants, judges and soldiers from wearing full-face burkas

Chancellor Angela Merkel has previously said the full-face veil should be banned 'wherever legally possible' in Germany

Chancellor Angela Merkel has previously said the full-face veil should be banned ‘wherever legally possible’ in Germany

More than a million migrants, many of them Muslims from the Middle East, have arrived in Germany over the last two years, and concerns about integration are widespread.

‘Integration also means that we should make clear and impart our values and where the boundaries of our tolerance towards other cultures lie,’ German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said. 

‘The draft law we have agreed on makes an important contribution to that.’

In February, the southern state of Bavaria, ruled by the Christian Social Union (CSU) – the Bavarian sister party to Merkel’s conservatives – said it would ban the full-face veil in schools, universities, government workplaces and polling stations.

More than one million migrants - mostly Muslims from the Middle East - have come to Germany over the last two years

Above, a man holds a sign reading 'No violence against women' in Cologne after the attacks

More than one million migrants – mostly Muslims from the Middle East – have come to Germany over the last two years. But after a series of sexual attacks in Cologne on New Year’s Eve in 2015-16, protesters emerged. Above right, a man holds a sign reading ‘No violence against women’ in Cologne after the attacks


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Democrats Are Pretty Happy With Trump’s Wall-Free Budget

The $1 trillion budget deal Congress was able to agree to after a weekend of last-minute, shutdown-avoiding negotiations will, if passed, keep the government running through September. But it won’t fund many of President Donald Trump’s initiatives.

Chief among those is the border wall, one of Trump’s biggest campaign promises. Though Trump frequently said the wall would be funded by Mexico while he running for president, once he took office that changed to America paying for the wall now, and “eventually, but at a later date so we can get started early, Mexico will be paying, in some form, for the badly needed border wall,” according to a confusingly worded April 23 tweet. Mexico has repeatedly refused to pay for the wall, now or at a later date.

Trump had hoped that the new budget would include billions in funding for the wall, even threatening to withhold Obamacare subsidies from it (and, therefore, from lower income people on Obamacare) if it didn’t include funding for the wall. But Democrats refused to budge, and Trump backed off that threat within a few days. Last week, he said that a budget that increased funding for border security instead might be enough.

On Sunday night, Congress was able to reach a deal that appears to be a major compromise on many of Trump’s demands. The budget has not yet been released to the public, but according to NBC News, it would allocate an additional $12.5 billion for defense spending, which is still $18 billion less than Trump wanted (it could increase to $15 billion if Trump gives Congress a plan to fight ISIS, which should be no problem for him, as he has frequently boasted of having a secret plan to do just that). It gives $1.5 billion to border security, but that’s half of the $3 billion Trump wanted and does not fund the wall. It will increase funding to the National Institutes of Health even though the preliminary partial budget Trump released in March called for decreasing NIH spending. It only cuts the Environment Protection Agency’s budget by one percent and won’t cut government funding to Planned Parenthood at all. It also does not cut funding to sanctuary cities, another big Trump threat. And it provides funding to local law enforcement agencies that have had to spend millions to protect various Trump family members in their jurisdictions.

Democrat House and Senate leaders seemed pleased with the budget, with Chuck Schumer saying in a statement that it was a “good agreement for the American people,” and Nancy Pelosi calling it “significant progress.”

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said the bill was in line with Trump’s demands, in that it would “rebuild our military and bolster our nation’s border security.”

But Fox News said the deal appeared to be “a lowest common denominator measure that won’t look too much different than the deal that could have been struck on Obama’s watch last year,” a stinging rebuke considering that Republicans hold both the legislative and executive branches of government, and that leaders from those branches loudly promised to reverse so many of the Obama era’s policies and budget allocations as soon as they got the chance. But Republicans also couldn’t pass the budget without some Democrat votes, and they would not get them without having to compromise. In order to avoid a government shutdown, they were willing to throw many of Trump’s funding requests under the bus.

While Congress scrambled to come up with a bipartisan budget, Trump is believed to have spent his Sunday afternoon playing golf, which appears to be one of his favorite activities and which he is estimated to have nearly 20 percent of his first 100 days in office doing, despite his many criticisms of his predecessor for doing the same (though Obama was a much less frequent golfer).

Both the House and the Senate must vote to pass the budget, which Trump must then sign off on. This must happen before 11:59 p.m. May 5 to avoid a government shutdown.

 

‘You are not safe for us’: Muslim woman films Rome airport staff REFUSING to allow her on a flight to London while …

A Muslim woman claims airport staff told her she would have to take off her hijab if she wanted to get on a flight to London.

Aghnia Adzkia was passing through security when she was asked to take off her religious headscarf.

Ms Adzkia claims to have been discriminated against and says she saw nuns passing through security without being asked to remove their habits.

The Indonesian citizen who lives in London made a video of her experience at Ciampino Airport in the Italian capital of Rome on Sunday. 

In the clip the Goldsmith’s University student can be seen repeatedly demanding to see the law stating that the hijab must be removed at an airport security check.

But the officers were adamant that they would not let her pass unless she followed their rules.

The female security official can be heard saying: ‘You could hide something in your hair. If you don’t take it off, we do not know if there’s something inside, okay? You are not safe for us.’

She alleges that a female security staff member asked her to follow her to a private room so she could check the hijab.

But Ms Adzkia refused to take off her hijab claiming she was being unfairly targeted.

She claims a male security officer then dragged her out of the security area in an ‘indecent way’ grabbing her bag and shouting at her to be quiet.

Aghnia Adzkia (pictured) was passing through security when she was asked to take off her religious headscarf

Aghnia Adzkia (pictured) was passing through security when she was asked to take off her religious headscarf

Ms Adzkia claims to have been discriminated against and says she saw nuns passing through security without being asked to remove their habits at Ciampino Airport (pictured)

Ms Adzkia claims to have been discriminated against and says she saw nuns passing through security without being asked to remove their habits at Ciampino Airport (pictured)

Ms Adzkia posted a furious social media post about the experience, which she says took place as she was traveling to London.

She wrote: ‘I wasn’t prepared to trust them unless they could cite me a law or provide me with a legal document that saying they were authorised to have to check what is underneath of my hijab.

‘It is a matter of human dignity and rights. For what reason were they asked me to take off my hijab?’

She added: ‘I AM A MUSLIM HIJABI, NOT A TERRORIST!

‘The way they treated me has shown that they do not respect a Muslim female wearing the hijab.’ 

Ms Adzkia posted a furious social media post about the experience, which she says took place as she was traveling to London

Ms Adzkia posted a furious social media post about the experience, which she says took place as she was traveling to London

Later the same evening, Ms Adzkia booked a ticket to fly to London from Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, also in Rome.

Security staff again asked her to remove her hijab, this time she agreed and was able to get her flight.

Ms Adzkia wrote: ‘I wanted to prove to them that I have nothing to hide and that I am not a terrorist.

‘In the meantime, I saw two nuns wearing headscarves, but they weren’t asked to take them off.

‘Is this what you call fair treatment and respect? Where are my human rights?’

A social media post by Ms Adzkia has received 20,000 views and more than 100 comments after being shared more than 400 times

A social media post by Ms Adzkia has received 20,000 views and more than 100 comments after being shared more than 400 times

A social media post by Ms Adzkia has received 20,000 views and more than 100 comments after being shared more than 400 times.

But an official at the Indonesian Embassy argued that, when in Rome, Aghnia should have complied with the security officers’ wishes.

Aisyah Allamanda, an official based in Rome, said: ‘The numerous times I’ve flown out of Rome’s airport, I also experienced the same kind of security check as I also happen to wear a hijab.

‘The same applies to others who wear the hijab at Rome KBRI, female Muslims believe that they can’t take off their headscarves in public so they are provided a private room for a female officer to carry out the check.

‘If we refuse, I can understand if the security officer acts aggressively towards us.’  

Speaking to MailOnline, Ms Adzkia said: ‘I completely understand about what is going in the world lately. I stand against terrorism and that’s not Islam. 

‘Yet, what I’ve experienced in Rome was shocking, the way they treated me indecently has shown discrimination. I understand if it is for security reason, but why did they not give me a second to read the law?’

Speaking to MailOnline, Ms Adzkia said: 'I completely understand about what is going in the world lately. I stand against terrorism and that's not Islam' 

Speaking to MailOnline, Ms Adzkia said: ‘I completely understand about what is going in the world lately. I stand against terrorism and that’s not Islam’ 

A spokesman for the Rome airport said: ‘What happened to Ms Aghnia Adzkia solely and exclusively concerns compliance with safety procedures. The passenger, when passing the security gates, set off an alarm in the head area and it was therefore necessary to investigate the case, which could not be overlooked. For this reason, our staff asked her to go through to a private room, where they could check her head and headdress, as is strictly required by European and national laws, the purpose of which is to ensure safety and civil cohabitation.

‘When Ms Aghnia refused to remove her headdress, requesting to read the legislation, she was shown the National Security Programme, which was promptly translated into English by our staff. Further to her continued refusal, our staff were forced to move the passenger away from the control area. Ms Aghnia subsequently returned to that area (and, on that occasion, filmed the video) and then left Ciampino airport. She later departed from Fiumicino airport on another flight, passing through security without any issues, this time removing her headdress.

‘We are truly sorry for the fact that the young passenger had a negative experience whilst travelling via Ciampino airport. At the same time, however, we reiterate that what happened is completely unrelated to any form of discrimination. The passenger simply did not wish to comply with basic security requirements, which are implemented with due care and sensitivity by our staff, in the interests of safety for all passengers, including Ms Aghnia Adzkia.’ 

How this Gay Dating App Paves the Way For Equality

To find love in an app economy may be difficult but finding someone to date or have sex with is relatively easy. Gone are the days when people went in circles around a mulberry bush, today, they just swipe right. Tinder came into existence in 2012, as a premier geographic location based dating app, used by people of all sexual orientations. However, way before Tinder came into existence, Grindr, a GPS enabled app for gay, bisexual and trans men was born in 2009. With Grindr, the user can select a partner based on profile descriptors, which give an idea of what the person likes, his age and photograph, and then you get a fair idea of the distance between your prospective date and yourself.