You'll need to wade through a sea of profiles, which makes it easy to pass over people you might have given a chance under different circumstances. I have friends who've met spouses through Ok Cupid. In fact, I've been on Ok Cupid, on and off, for roughly the last 11 years.
Profiles are much more in-depth than most dating sites, and if you answer a seemingly endless series of questions, they will spit out a reasonable Match/Enemy percentage ratio on profiles to help you gauge compatibility.
Of course, some of us are trying to meet new people, far removed from our everyday lives.
(Hinge may have come to understand that, since you no longer need Facebook to sign up.) The app also asks questions to help you match with better connections, which can be a plus for serious relationship seekers.
The downside is that short profiles make it harder to figure out what people are looking for.
However, I found the app confusing to use, with too many features and too many gimmicks.
After signing up, Happn showed me 68 users it said I had crossed paths with in the preceding three hours, though I hadn't left my apartment all day.
This might be helpful if you're looking to date your immediate neighbors (or Uber drivers), but I don't see the attraction when competitors like Tinder already show the distance between you and other users.
It's a cool concept and helpful for people who want to meet someone in a more organic manner.
That said, I've never met a single person who actually uses the app.
Because who doesn't enjoy sending a thoughtful message to someone who might never see it?