Online dating is more common than ever thanks to mobile apps such as Bumble, which has 40 million registered users worldwide
AN increasing number of people are turning to mobile apps such as Bumble in a bid to find love.
But what is Bumble and what are the most important things to know about the app?
What is the Bumble dating app?
Bumble is a dating app similar to Tinder, where daters create a small profile of themselves with pictures and they can swipe through potential suitors.
Users can swipe right to “like” a profile and left to reject, and when two people have both “liked” each others profile it is a match.
However, Bumble only allows the female to make the first move and she has to send the first message.
If the woman doesn’t send the first message within 24 hours after pairing, the match is lost.
The app is believed to have 55 million users worldwide and 72 per cent of users are under the age of 35, according to business statistic firm DMR.
There have been 850 million matches, and 5,000 weddings and engagements that started on Bumble.
How does the app work?
To use Bumble you first have to download the app from your app store and create an account, which you can do through Facebook.
You can then chose pictures from your Facebook account to be included in your profile and you can also write a short bio about yourself.
The app then uses your location to scan for potential matches around you using your preferences on gender, age and how far away they are.
If you see a match you like, you swipe right, if you are not so keen you swipe left.
When you and another person both swipe right for each other, you match and then the female has 24 hours to make the first move and message.
If she doesn’t the match is lost and you can no longer message each other.
Or even if she does message, if they guy doesn’t reply within a day, the match also disappears forever.
What are the five things to know about Bumble?
1 – Women are in control of the conversation – to a point
It is up to the woman to send the first message. This feature was created to inspire women to make the first move, to give them more power on the app and to prevent them from being bombarded with messages from men.
The match expires after 24 hours, but men can extend the window for an additional 24 hours if they pay a fee.
2 – It is free, but there are paid features and perks
There is no sign-up fee for the app.
However, there are some extra features such as being able to swipe through the profiles that have already liked you for a fee.
Also, men can pay for an additional 24 hours to see if their match will send them a message.
There is also a Rematch feature that will have potential suitors pop up after not matching the first time to try and get them to match again.
3 – It’s not just for heterosexual couples
The app does not require you to define your sexuality.
It asks if you are interested in men, women or both.
If your preference isn’t a female/male match, the app allows either person to message first.
4 – The profile can be verified
Bumble has a feature to verify daters by having them take a picture doing a certain motion to prove it is them.
The app then adds a check mark to the profile to show potential matches that they are real people.
It is to prevent internet bots and people from catfishing others.
5 – Bumble isn’t just for dating
The app also has features to help you find friends and to network.
By switching the app to BFF mode it provides the user with people of the same sex that Bumble thinks will make a good friendship.
Bumble Bizz allows the user to network and build their careers.
You would think that celebs would have no problem getting dates, but it seems they have been taken in by dating apps just like the rest of us.
Fans recently spotted Celebrity Big Brother’s Chad Johnson on the app, despite being in a relationship with the Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding after his stint in the house.
The 30-year-old’s profile shows he’s listed as ‘Chad, 30’ and describes himself as an ‘owner and partner’ at his own company Chad Johnson LLC.
Made in Chelsea’s Jamie Laing was spotted on Bumble following his split from cheating girlfriend Frankie Gaff.
His profile on the popular dating site, which allows users to match with potential partners in their area, shows Jamie larking around in the street.
Another snap shows him holding two watermelons and laughing at the person behind the camera.
While Anthea Turner’s love rat ex husband Grant Bovey has also joined Bumble and even shaved ten years of his age.
Grant, who appeared in last year’s Celebrity Big Brother, has a profile on singles site, which states he is 46.
But in reality the property entrepreneur is 56 and turns 57 in March.
When The Sun asked why his online profile listed him as a decade younger than his real age, Bovey said: “It is my private life, I have got no idea about that. No comment.”
Crack down on d**k pics
Bumble has a new tool to help it fight unsolicited d**k pics being sent and received by its users.
It’s one of the few dating apps that lets users trade photos.
Starting in June, an AI trained to scan pictures sent in chats for signs of lewd imagery and both blur them out and stick a warning on them if they’re too rude.
The photo will be blurred, with a message underneath that reads: “This photo is blurred to protect you from inappropriate content.”
Recipients can choose to block and report the photo if they wish, or open it anyway.
An AI dubbed ‘Private Detector’ was developed to tackle a plague of sexual harassment that has haunted dating apps for years.
A recent YouGov poll found that more than half of young women have received nude pictures digitally, and three quarters of these were unsolicited.
“The sharing of lewd images is a global issue of critical importance,” said Andrey Andreev, who heads up Badoo, the network of dating apps that includes Bumble.
“It falls upon all of us in the social media and social networking worlds to lead by example and to refuse to tolerate inappropriate behaviour on our platforms.”
The tech is meant to be able to pick out potential naughty snaps with 98 per cent accuracy.
The firm said: “With our revolutionary AI, we’re able to detect potentially inappropriate content and warn you about the image before you open it.
“We’re committed to keeping you protected from unsolicited photos so you can have a safer experience meeting new people on Bumble.”
Bumble bosses recently slammed a “sexist and small-minded” fat-shamer in a scathing open letter as they banned him from the dating app.
Last year, Tinder brought in its own way of letting women stop men sending saucy snaps.
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