This Badass Ladies-First Dating App Is Basically the Opposite of Tinder
Amy Schumer — comedian and all-around boss — has a new boyfriend who basically seems like he was concocted from our dreams. A carpenter and stone cold fox, his name is Ben Hanisch and he can’t stop Instagramming couple-y pics of Schumer and himself.
But we’ve heard enough good things about Bumble from our fellow daters that the app warrants an explanation. At a time when many of us are suffering from online dating fatigue, many of our friends have found straight up unicorns on Bumble.
It’s female-friendly, creep-free, and basically the anti-Tinder.
Bumble was created last year by a woman who’s just as badass as Schumer: Whitney Wolfe.
Wolfe is a cofounder of Tinder who sued the company last year on claims of “horrendously sexist, racist, and otherwise inappropriate comments, emails, and text messages,” according to the suit.
They settled out of court, so we’ll never know what really happened behind the scenes when Wolfe was at Tinder — but she rose from the ashes to start a brand new dating site that, anecdotally at least, is becoming incredible popular with women who are sick of Tinder’s lackluster selection.
How does it work?
To use Bumble, first you’ll need to download it from the App Store. Just look for the yellow logo, and install:
Like many other dating apps, it links to your Facebook profile to verify your identity.
To get started, you’ll need to specify your preferred age range and location range, and whether you want to see guys, girls, or both as potential matches.
Sounds a lot like Tinder so far, right? Here’s how it’s different: on Bumble, women are the ones who initiate conversations. So if you match with someone and end up not liking the look of him, he won’t be able to contact you unless you talk to him first. You can end the conversation at any time, plus blocking and reporting users is easier than on other apps.
And best of all, at least based on what Bumble’s female users say, the guys on Bumble are cute and respectful, have good jobs, and seem to shower daily. Translation: creeps are few and far between. This widely differs from Tinder, where the overall feeling is that the ball is in the guy’s court — and any guy can get in.
So if your new year’s resolution was to stop using dating apps, you might want to reconsider — or at least expand your horizons beyond Tinder.