ONLINE dating is more common than ever thanks to mobile apps such as Bumble.
But what is Bumble and what are the most important things to know about the app?
What is the Bumble dating app?
Bumble is a dating app similar to Tinder, where daters create a small profile of themselves with pictures and they can swipe through potential suitors.
Users can swipe right “like” a profile and left to reject, and when two people have both “liked” each others profile it is a match.
However, Bumble only allows the female to make the first move and she has to send the first message.
If the woman doesn’t send the first message within 24 hours after pairing, the match is lost.
The app is believed Bumble has 40million users worldwide and 72 per cent of users are under the age of 35, according to business statistic firm DMR.
There have been 850million matches, and 5,000 weddings and engagements that started on Bumble.
What are the five things to know about Bumble?
1 – Women are in control of the conversation – to a point
It is up the woman to send the first message. This feature was created to inspire women to make the first move, to give them more power on the app and to prevent them from being bombarded with messages from men.
The match expires after 24 hours, but men can extend the window for an additional 24 hours if they pay a fee.
2 – It is free, but there are paid features and perks
There is no sign up fee for the app.
However, there are some extra features such as being able to swipe through the profiles that have already liked you for a fee.
Also, men can pay for an additional 24 hours to see if their match will send them a message.
There is also a Rematch feature that will have potential suitors pop up after not matching the first time to try and get them to match again.
3 – It’s not just for heterosexual couples
The app does not require you to define your sexuality.
It asked if you are interested in men, women or both.
If your preference isn’t a female/male match, the app allows either person to message first.
4 – The profile can be verified
Bumble has a feature to verify daters by having them take a picture doing a certain motion to prove it is them.
The app then adds a check mark to the profile to show potential matches that they are real people.
It is to prevent internet bots and people from catfishing others.
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5 – Bumble isn’t just for dating
The app also has features to help you find friends and to network.
By switching the app to BFF mode it provides the user with people of the same sex that Bumble thinks will make a good friendship.
Bumble Bizz allows the user to network and build their careers.
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