Relationships

Can you meet your soulmate from your couch?

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If we were to believe everything that books, television and movies have taught us about love – then we’d all simply just serendipitously find our soulmates on the street. But alas, this is not the case for many of us.

As the glory days of ‘third places’ disappear, meeting new people and dating is becoming harder and harder. Thankfully, in the digital world there are a plethora of dating sites and apps where you can meet people.

The traditional spaces where we once found love are slowly disappearing, online dating is the new frontier.

Here are some of the best dating sites and apps to sign up for (and maybe even meet your soulmate on).

eHarmony

eHarmony is one of the longest-running dating sites in Australia – so you know it’s trustworthy. In fact, eHarmony has helped create hundreds of love stories, marriages and happy families.

It collects a tonne of information and personal data from you in order to create a well-rounded profile and better match you to people who share your interests.

The best part is? A basic account is free!

Start your love journey for FREE today, with eHarmony.

Tinder

Tinder has been in Australia for ten years now and it’s really the app we have to thank for modern online dating. Whilst dating sites existed prior to this, Tinder really brought the world of online dating to our phones.

Tinder is free so you can swipe to your heart’s content and find fun people to date. However, for an even better experience you could try the paid tiers which include Tinder Platinum, Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold. These tiers boost your profile, allowing you to rewind back in your swipes in case you accidentally skip past someone you like.

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Hinge

Hinge is the app whose tagline is: ‘designed to be deleted’. The app takes the philosophy that a fuller profile will give potential matches a well-rounded understanding of the kind of person you are. They do this through asking you to answer prompts about yourself and even record voice memos.

Unlike Tinder, Hinge wants you to jump straight into a conversation by liking a specific photo on someone’s profile or responding to one of their prompts.

The app is free to use but you only get a limited amount of likes per day. For more likes and better ability to set your dating preferences, you can upgrade to a paid version for 7 dollars per month.

Bumble

Bumble turned the online dating culture on its head when it launched because – unlike other apps – a conversation between a match cannot happen unless the woman initiates it.

If you, as the woman, do not initiate a conversation within 24 hours, then the match will disappear. 

The best part about Bumble is that whilst it’s primarily used for dating, they also have a nifty Bumble BFF feature. Bumble BFF uses the ‘online dating’ formula to make friends. It’s received rave reviews from people who have moved cities, jobs or are just looking for new, meaningful friendships.

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