Give your love life a boost this year with your smartphone or computer

We all know that dating through the Internet can cause headaches – just think of the ceaseless screen swiping, message exchanges and appointments that lead nowhere. This does not mean that you have to give up the game. According to Statistics Canada, more than 14.3 million Canadians are single, and most are now looking for love on the Internet: that’s actually 36% of the population, according to a Leger Marketing survey. If you are not registered for dating sites, there is a good chance you will not meet anyone. But you can make it easy for yourself by taking advantage of technologies that help you find your soul mate. Here is a list of the best smartphone apps to boost your love life in 2017.

Tinder

Free | Android and iOS

No list of dating apps would be complete without the app that launched this new trend. (It’s not for nothing that the phrase “sweep to the right” has become in colloquial parlance synonymous with “looking for someone.”) With its very simple interface and straightforward protocol, not to mention its somewhat With 50 million users worldwide, Tinder lets you quickly visualize candidates who might interest you, so you can then try to see where that leads you.

Bumble

Free | Android and iOS

In the case of heterosexual pairing, Bumble allows women to take things in their own hands. This application, which works much like Tinder, gives the floor to women first: they are the ones who start the conversation with men. This way of doing things saves women from receiving random (and often inappropriate) invitations and prevents men from being rejected because they know that when a woman comes in contact with them, it is because she is already interested. (For same-sex relationships, one or the other can take the lead, and each has 24 hours to respond.)

Hinge

$ 10.99 / month or $ 4.99 / month for six months | iOS

Nicknamed the New York Magazine’s Millenials Match App, this app reduces the uncertainty associated with online dating by introducing people you already share Facebook friends with. So you can text your friends using 411 and make sure the person you’re interested in has not already been out with all your friends.

Happn

Free | Android and iOS

Happn focuses on romances resulting from chance. It warns you when a member is nearby, so you’ll know immediately if this beautiful barista or this charming neighbor is single and ready to meet.

Dragonfruit

Free | Android and iOS

Want to make sure you share your obsession with TV shows, books or video games out of the ordinary with the person you’re going to have coffee with? DragonFruit filters candidates so that you have a lot of special interests in common and therefore a lot of discussion topics.

HowAboutWe

Free Navigation | howaboutwe.com

Rather than dwelling on profile details, this site encourages you to determine the kind of experience you want to have when you meet someone. Does it tell you to go running? To take a cooking class? To attend a conference? HowAboutWe meets all these needs. And if your plans for Saturday night fall into the water and you need someone to accompany you as soon as possible, this application also includes a feature that allows you to find a partner on request. You will never have to spend the evening alone.

Siren

Free | Android and iOS

This app goes against the tendency to pass quick judgments that characterize most meetings made via a smartphone, which can ultimately lead to superficial interactions. Siren allows you to establish relationships gradually, through meaningful conversations that are initiated by a Question of the Day.

Coffee Meets Bagel

Free | Android and iOS

Aimed at simplifying meetings, this app focuses on quality (rather than quantity) and offers only handpicked candidates – called “bagels” – every day at noon. Stop sweeping!

Tastebuds

Free | iOS

Music lovers, unite! Jukebox addicts will love this app, introducing its members to other music fans and letting them flirt while listening to their favorite tunes.

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