If you are feeling lonely this holiday season, it doesn’t have to be that way. Maybe it is time to swallow your pride and seek out alternative ways to meet new people. Going to the bar every night or waiting for friends to set you up won’t always cut it. For those looking for love, or maybe something a little more casual, we’ve got a list of dating apps for singles with something specific in mind for their future partner.
OKCupid (Free) OKCupid is like the Match.com for cool people. I say this because everyone I know that is “cool” found a partner on OKCupid. It is geared toward a younger, more “hip” crowd. Twenty-somethings looking for a one-nighter or thirty-somethings finally ready to settle down without getting too settled will enjoy the humorous twist on the dating scene. If you think of yourself as full of spirit with a uniqueness that makes you stand out in a crowd, this app will help you find someone more compatible with your lifestyle pace. From rockers to tattoo artists, anyone can find a partner by customizing your match search to find who you are looking for. You can even just plug in your interests and let OKCupid do the work for you.
GothicMatch(Free) This app gives users access to an underground community for Gothic and Vampire people. If you find yourself longing for contented moments with someone who understands your dark humor and doesn’t mind that you’ve got surgically implanted fangs, you’ll find your soul mate, or at least someone to hang with, through GothicMatch. You can “wink” at others and see who winked at you, send and receive emails from interested parties, and live chat with other like-minded folk who are logged in at the same time. Don’t let society tell you that pasty skin and black hair won’t get you some action. Even Goths need love.
Christian Dating ($0.99) This app is for serious daters. That is, if you are looking for a one-night stand, you won’t get lucky with these folks. If you are looking for a life partner with the same religious convictions as you, and you are Christian, then you’ll be able to search through a large list of people that you can read the bible with on a Saturday night. We are talking about clean cut, wholesome, and looking for long-term commitment. You’ll be able to send notifications to people you are interested in, send and receive emails and chat live with potential partners. The initial $0.99 download fee is to help support the cause, but the dating service is 100 percent free.
Grindr (Free) This dating service caters to gay, bisexual, and “curious” men. With more than four million members around the world, you’ll be able to find the guy for you before you can even finish your user profile. It is easy to join and 100 percent free. All you have to do is enter a photo and some profile information and you’ll be able to find guys nearby to connect with. Be careful what pictures you post. Grindr has a very strict policy on nudity or images they deem inappropriate. You can send a text message via the in-app chat to make plans and meet up a short time later.