Looking for a Match Made in Heaven? Check Out These Top Dating Sites for the Hardworking Woman
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Looking for a Match Made in Heaven? Check Out These Top Dating Sites for the Hardworking Woman

SAY GOODBYE TO TINDER AND HELLO TO FOUR DATING APPS THAT LET YOU DATE WITHOUT SACRIFICING YOUR VALUES.

You set the alarm for 5am to make the gym. You run to the DMV on your lunch break. You work late on that deadline. When workdays spill into nights or even weekends, you’re barely making time for drinks with girlfriends or a 10-minute call to Mom. So how’s a hardworking woman supposed to date?  

If the term “online dating” makes you think “unneeded stress,” you’re not alone. Other women feel the same way, and they’ve done something about it - building apps that work the way they want. You’ll find the process simplified and empowered, without the usual fuss, harassment, and annoying messages you’ve dealt with in the past.  

If the term “online dating” makes you think “unneeded stress,” you’re not alone. Other women feel the same way, and they’ve done something about it - building apps that work the way they want. 

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Download these new dating apps to find yourself at drinks when you want, where you want, with someone you actually like.

BUMBLE

You’ve probably heard the hype and for good reason. The invention of Whitney Wolfe, a former Tinder exec, Bumble lets you date without sacrificing your feminist values.

On Offer: An app that lets you control the dialogue, keeping men you’re not interested in from bothering you. {Click to Tweet}

How It Works: Bumble allows you to swipe your way to a mutual match, but here’s the twist: you (the woman) have to make the first move* and within 24 hours. {Click to Tweet} So if you want to initiate the conversation, go for it. If not, you’ll avoid all the annoying one-way chatter that floods your inbox.

*Note: in same-sex matches or “friend” matches, either member of the party can initiate conversation.

COFFEE MEETS BAGEL

Coffee Meets Bagel was started by three sisters (obviously a promising start) who were tired of asking, “where are all the good ones?” When you’re online, how do you find a match who shares your interests or values? And how do you avoid the jerks? By Facebook screening them, says CMB.

On Offer: A chance to meet people who share your friends and (hopefully) some of your interests.

How It Works: CMB sends you one curated match a day and only connects you with potential matches who share one or more of your Facebook friends--so keeping up with your dating schedule just got a little less time consuming and, hey, no randos! For a small fee, you can also unlock those mutual friends so you can ask them about the potential match before you commit.

SIREN

Another dating app that puts women first? Yes, please. Based on the tenet that “women need to control visibility,” Siren significantly lowers the creep denominator. And game-changer: you aren’t just picking based off of looks. Instead you and your potential suitors respond to daily conversation starters, pairing off based on the answers.

On Offer: A focus on thoughts over looks and full privacy until you’re ready to make the move. {Click to Tweet}

How It Works:  Sift through your potential matches’ responses to the daily conversation starter, then decide who you want to contact.  Even if a potential match likes your response, they can’t see your profile until you approve them. Plus you can bring your “wingwoman” in to check out a potential date and weigh in before you book that first drink.

HINGE

In our busy lives, bad dates mean wasted free time--unacceptable when you’re already short on it. Like Coffee Meets Bagel, Hinge lets you vet potential dates through Facebook, showing you only users who share friends or friends of friends with you. It delivers a limited group of options once a day. Simple, straightforward and safe.

On Offer: Connected matches, curated daily for when you don’t have time to swipe infinitely.

How It Works: Before you choose to contact one of your daily matches, you can see which Facebook friends you have in common. Not sure whether to make the move? Send your mutual friend a quick text before making contact. Another plus: you’ll have the benefit of the date feeling less random or “online”--after all, you could have met this person through your friend IRL, right?

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