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After graduating, moving, and settling into a new life, I realized something: I’ve been single for a long time, and I’m tired of it.

I’ve never been into online dating, so signing up for any app was daunting.

That being said, though, I’m not one to half-ass a project.

So I (fearfully) opted to download and create profiles on not one but five of the most popular dating apps, and I committed to spending a full month as a member of each. I, along with the rest of my editorial team, chose the five most popular apps to try (most popular based on relevancy, not actual numbers). This part was harder than expected – for the sake of the experiment, I wanted to keep each profile consistent to the next.

I did this for myself, of course, but I also did it for my friends, my peers and for acquaintances. While each individual app is unique, I wanted to present myself as uniformly as possible.

I wanted to definitively compare and test the worth, consistency, and value of each individual app. (For example, while Tinder has more of a “hook-up” stereotype than Hinge does, I didn’t want to present myself as more open to hook-ups on one versus the other.) It’s difficult to decide how to present yourself in this capacity – how much is appropriate to share, but how much is not enough?

I tested their standards of profiles (yikes – see more below), their processes, and their successes and failures. Once these decisions were made and my profiles were created, it became official: There was no turning back.

I did all this for one main reason: to make this process easier for all those of Here, you’ll find a breakdown of my experiences; the good, the bad and the creepy. Price: Free (optional in-app upgrades available for purchase) I had seriously high hopes for Tinder.

I have a friend who met her fiancé on Tinder, and another friend just dated a Tinderella for over a year. That being said, however, I went in with an open mind but a heavy sense of skepticism.

I’ve heard the success stories, but I’ve also heard the horror stories – as, I’m sure, have you.

Thankfully, though, Tinder is super easy to get the hang of.

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