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Hinge finally won me over, becoming my favorite dating app in 2019.
Originally the app focused on common connections and mutual friends that you and a potential partner shared on Facebook, which was a gimmick I was never sold on. Hinge has designed the app to make user profiles more engaging (and helpful) than on apps like Tinder.
On the upside, the profiles are brief, which helps you to make decisions quickly.
The downside is that short profiles make it harder to figure out what a lot of people are looking for.
However, Ok Cupid has pointed out that these changes did help lower the number of offensive messages people received, which might be a worthwhile trade-off.
Unfortunately in my experience Ok Cupid has become a bit of a ghost town.
You can still send a message -- it just won't show up in the recipient's inbox unless you match.
Because who doesn't enjoy sending a thoughtful message to someone who might never see it?
For people who like a little extra hand-holding, CMB isn't the worst option.
However, I found the app confusing to use, with too many features and a lot of gimmicks.
I shouldn't have to look up online tutorials to figure out how to use a dating app. I was also disappointed in the notifications, which I found too pushy.
Knowing very little about a person can also make initial messaging a lot more challenging.
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.