Six dating apps for the millennials

  • Nishant Nayyar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 09, 2014 16:37 IST

Are you sick and tired of going to every concert happening in Greater Noida, in search of a hookup? Have you wasted enough money on every 'drink of the week' at that swanky bar in the club, thinking you might be able to strike a conversation with one of those pretty ladies?

Well, guess what! You don't have to do that anymore, in order to particularly find love! Got a smartphone? Download these apps and try travailing here - at least you wouldn't be burning your hard earned money!


Frankly, no one needs an introduction to this immensely popular dating app that has taken the core of online dating to a whole new level. Tinder finds your location using GPS, and then uses your Facebook information to create your profile. It then finds you possible matches, or dates if you please to call them, in the proximity of your location. The app that works like an ambiguous game pops up different profiles that respond to your swiping right (like) or swiping left (dislike).

However, with a lot of word-of-mouth and possible goodwill travelling from other countries, the app has seen an ocean of people jump onto it. Thus, to find a possible match has become quite a task, as there are endless profiles you come across on this platform.

Pro Tip: Don't let the conversations run into days. On the contrary try to narrow your conversation that leads to an exchange of phone numbers.


Taking cues from Tinder's GPS enabled profile searching prowess, Happn is yet another app that is still in its nascent stage. While Tinder trumpets majorly on the 'similar likes' feat, Happn takes the plunge to ditch that miniscule compatibility criterion. So how does this app work? It works on your GPS coordinates. Anyone is using this app and is anywhere in the proximity of your location will pop on your feed. So the next time you're in a supermarket and see this cute girl staring at you, you don't have to muster extra confidence to go and drop a 'hi' to her. Simply, take out your phone, check the app, and if the person's profile pops up on your feed, drop a Hi.

Pro Tip: Since the app is new and still gaining popularity, don't expect it to be running at its full potential in a Big Bazaar or More departmental store. Rather try using it at a posh bar or a swanky mall.

Desi Crush

As the name suggests - this is a homegrown app for well, our very own desi people. And it sure does stay desi with its old-school antics of trying to set up a date. Once you are through with the horrendous process of setting up your profile - you can sift through various anonymous profiles, drop in a message, and wait, maybe till the time you haven't probed into everyone's profile. More so, at various levels you need to make in-app purchases, like they want you to bribe them to get back a better match or so. Alas, this one is truly a time-waster.

Pro-Tip: Teenagers would love this app.

This is another app that unabashedly boasts of a 'Made for Indians' tagline. Again, the app is made for the Indian audiences, but a lot better than the aforementioned app. While menfolk are free to join the app, they can only start 'Thrilling' after their other counterparts approve of them. Once your profile has been allowed to join a network, then the app works more like Tinder, just that you need to vouch for 'thrilling' or 'not thrilling' in lieu of 'like' or 'dislike'. You can also get matches based on your interests synced from Facebook or LinkedIn. Oh, and users can also make use of 'velfies' or video selfies to be a little more descriptive about themselves.

Pro Tip: The real deal on this app is to make the cut in order to get allowed into a group. Therefore, don't use a fake pic or try to be a pervy creep.

Hot or Not

I still remember when the first time this website had gone live, people from around the world had rejoiced as if Michael Jackson was alive again. Much like other apps, you need to log in syncing your FB account. Then you just go sifting through the endless matches (we doubt half of them are real profiles) this app shows. You swipe for Hot, for those who appeal to the eye, and swipe for X, for those who look blah! What makes this app quite aggravating is the fact it randomly searches for potential matches - it can be both boy and girls, and it also searches for people who 8 out of 10 times turn up to be much younger than you. So, best of luck with this app.

Pro Tip: This app randomly picks up pictures from your FB account. Be wary of this and keep a check on your profile.

Here's another made-in-India app that is doing quite the rounds these days. The app appears to be the most genuine and filtered amongst the growing plethora of dating apps out there. This app screens all your social profiles on other dating apps - taking a hint of what mischief you've been up to. Taking cues from your online profiles it only allows single people to jump in its pool of possible matches. It further adds more spice to its in-app messenger that has quirky stickers and fonts to not make it appear dull and probing of sorts.

Pro Tip: Make sure you are single before you sign in for this app. The app also shows your mutual friends - so be wary of your relationship status.

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