Surge

Locals’ experiences with online dating

By Stephanie Bouzounis

For The Surge

1. What app or dating site did you use?

2. How long did you use it for?

3. What was your intent for using the app/site? For instance, dating or hooking up?

4. How would you describe your overall experiences?

Stephanie Bouzounis, 26 years old

What app or dating site did you use?

Coffee Meets Bagel

How long did you use it for?

I used the app for two months.

What was your intent for using the app/site? For instance, dating or hooking up?

I used the app with the intent of meeting more people and trying to find a date.

How would you describe your overall experiences?

It was OK overall. I got a couple of numbers but nothing came from it.

Tyson Pope, 29 years old

What app or dating site did you use?

OkCupid

How long did you use it for?

Casually for about two years.

What was your intent for using the app/site? For instance, dating or hooking up?

Long-term dating.

How would you describe your overall experiences?

My experience was not bad, end result was great. Some dates were definitely worse with little chemistry in person.

Tara Sessions, 27 years old

What app or dating site did you use?

I’ve used Tinder, OkCupid, and Badoo.

How long did you use it for?

I’ve used Tinder and OKC since April of 2015. I only started Badoo in September of 2015.

What was your intent for using the app/site? For instance, dating or hooking up?

I am in an open relationship, which allows me to hook up with people outside of my relationship. My intent is solely hooking up with people, but I’ve also met some really good friends through the apps. The latter was super unexpected.

How would you describe your overall experiences?

Overall, I’ve had better luck with Tinder during the summer (yay, tourists!) and Badoo with people that are further away than the local area. I’ve met up with eight people from Tinder and one meet-up planned through Badoo. I’ve had a lot of flakes on OKC, but I’ve got one meet-up planned ASAP.

Tinder caters toward the younger crowd. I have better luck, at nearly 28, with the 18-25 group, versus the 26 [and older] group. I think that people are looking to settle down at the upper ages, and my situation isn’t what they’re looking for. That’s OK.

OKC seems to be catered toward dating and relationships, but I am less worried about those. I’ve made a few friends based on compatability.

Badoo has a Tinder feel, but is a bit less local. It’s more for fun than actually meeting people, but I’ve run into a few people that are local, and I’ve bloomed friendships with people I probably wouldn’t have met, otherwise.

My overall experience has been positive. Yes, I have had one or two not so good experiences, but I can say that the good outweigh the bad.

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