If in the physical world, you’d rather meet someone through a shared interest or bump into them at a bar than go on another blind date set up by your great-aunt Norma, it should be no surprise that the same happens online.And like a real-life bar or a real-life hangout place, the idea that you could meet someone, romantically or otherwise, through an app intended for something else can’t hurt.
There are dating apps that offer unlimited swiping and apps that keep it to one match per day. So why are people still hitting on strangers on mobile games and Yelp? The most common theory goes something like this from But the stigma around online dating isn’t what it used to be.
Apps for dating people with whom you have mutual friends, who self-identify as elites (have fun! Apps that match based on music, zodiac signs, or travel plans. According to a recent Pew Survey, almost half of Americans know someone who has used online dating or met his or her partner through an online dating site (granted, 21% agreed with the statement, “People who use online dating sites are desperate”).
Signing up for online dating is no longer the deep dark secret it was when launched in 1995.
Quiz Up hasn’t marketed itself as a dating app for several reasons: It matches people across the world, it didn’t want to promise proximity, and it didn’t want people who were in relationships to stop playing. Recently, the company noticed an explosion of usage in France.
“They were using the social features way more than we had ever seen,” Fridriksson says.