With so many dating apps popping up across the internet, it is getting harder and harder to choose. Still, if you are hoping to maximize your chances of finding the perfect match, finding a platform that works for you and your expectations is just as essential. Here we have a look at comparing two of the biggest online dating apps: OkCupid and Tinder.
Registration Process and Profiles
Signing up to OkCupid includes filling up a long questionnaire and creating a personal bio about yourself. The registration process is long and detailed but is paid off by one of the most performant matchmaking algorithms online. The app lets you use as much space as you need to express your personal information and interests. These will later be used to inform the app’s search filters to help its users quickly narrow down on their type.
Tinder lets you directly link up your Facebook account and profile to register on the app. After selecting some pictures to fill your profile with, you are set to start swiping through the hundreds of random profiles the app serves you with. This is quite different to OkCupid’s process where it may be argued that Tinder offers an arguably more shallow approach to matchmaking.
A handful of photos and a few lines of text are all you can use to swipe right on those you are interested in and left to move onto the next one. If two people swipe right on each other, you can get in touch by sending them a message to initiate a conversation.
If you are ok with just knowing about a person’s basic information and finding out the rest once you both get in touch, then Tinder is perfect for you. After all, you would not know a person’s opinion on the latest election if you just happened to meet them in the streets. On the other hand, if you don’t like wasting your time browsing random profiles and getting in touch with them just to find out where they are from, OkCupid will filter out any profiles which aren’t relevant to you.
Although Tinder and OkCupid are both extremely popular dating apps, each site attracts different types of people and age groups. Knowing where you will be more likely to find similar mindsets to yours is important.
With its interest-based matching software, OkCupid has an extended sign up the questionnaire to make sure that your matches share as many passions with you as possible. This makes the app remarkably effective in finding its users’ solid long-term partners by optimizing their compatibility.
It is perhaps for that very reason that OkCupid attracts both the young and more mature. Open to be used for both hook-ups and potential spouses, it is a trendy choice across the demographic board. One should note that this also includes the LGBTQ+ community amidst whom the app is a popular dating medium.
OkCupid boasts both a large and equally diverse users base which lets it cater to pretty much anyone looking to meet someone. No matter your age or interest, OkCupid has a match for you.
Tinder’s matching system is much more relaxed than OkCupid’s as its suggestions are much more incidental and arbitrary. This is particularly popular among the younger generations who aren’t necessarily looking for long term partners just yet. Most Tinder users are alright with simply browsing through strangers’ profiles and occasionally swiping right on a profile that catches their attention from the hundred others.
What Tinder does consider is your location. This makes it particularly useful for hook-ups or spontaneous meetups. Although there is nothing wrong with wanting to keep it casual, it does mean that Tinder’s demographic starts in the late teens up through the 20s.
Matching on OkCupid
OkCupid boasts an impressive set of questions which cover anything from your in-bed preferences to your take on immigration. The app tries to touch on every deal-breaker topic whether it is political, or drug-use related, to fuel its matchmaking algorithm. You can also say how much you value a particular question and whether you want to publicly display it on your profile.
Matching on Tinder
Tinder is well known for its straightforward and easy to use the matching system. All you really need to do to find your match is swipe right and hope that someone else has done so too. You also have the option of sending a “Super Like” to someone to let them know just how keen you are.
It is quickly apparent that the two apps differ the most when it comes to their matchmaking system. If you like knowing that every profile you see will at least share some of your opinions and interests, then OkCupid is the choice for you. If you would rather avoid having to fill up pages of questions, Tinder will get you swiping right away.
OkCupid Premium/A-List and Tinder Plus/Gold
Both OkCupid and Tinder have a free and paid subscription plan. These mostly serve to unlock special features or boost your chances of finding a match. The costs set by each app are quite competitive although they offer slightly different benefits.
OkCupid Paid Subscription
- $9.99 for 1 month
- $6.99 per month for 6 months
- Unlimited likes
- Additional search option
- Removes ads
- List of people who have liked your profile
OkCupid Premium A-List:
- $24.99 for one month
- $19.99 per month for 6 months
- OkCupid A-List benefits
- Profile boost during peak timings
Tinder Paid Subscription
- $9.99 per month
- $19.99 per month (over 30 years old)
- Improved visibility
- Unlimited swipes
- 5 super likes per day
- Rewind swipe
- No ads
- $11.99 per month
- Tinder Plus benefits
- List of people who have swiped right on your profile
- New daily top picks
Which is better for you?
Deciding which dating app works best for you ultimately comes down to what type of relationship you are looking for. If you are not ready to commit to a long-term relationship and are just looking around for some hassle-free fun, Tinder’s your best friend. On the other hand, if you are committed to meeting someone truly compatible and are willing to invest the time necessary, then OkCupid is the best option for you.