Is Tinder Obsolete? Seven Reasons You Should Download Happn
There’s a new dating app on the market, and its popularity is spreading like herpes. Launched in the UK in February, Happn matches you with people you’ve crossed paths with, within a 250m radius. So that cute barista at Pret you made eye contact with? Let Happn introduce you virtually, after the fact, without any of that trying to get her number while there’s an angry mob waiting for their coffee about to scratch your eyes out. The dating app has close to 2 million downloads and 700,000 active monthly users, around a third of which are in London. It’s similar to Tinder – but clearly better (could you find her again on Twitter?). Here seven more reasons why.
1. It’s Not Just Local, It’s Hyper-Local
While Tinder matches you with people in your general area, Happn steps it up a notch by matching you with people you’ve crossed paths with (or gotten that free coffee from). Happn’s location technology is so spot-on: it tells you the street on which the two of you crossed paths and even states how many times you’ve crossed paths. No stalkers, please.
2. It Solves The Problem Of Missed Connections
Take Happn’s spot-on location based technology and combine it with real-time, and you get a brilliant solution to missed connections. Can Tinder do that? We didn’t think so. Now, when you exchange a flirtatious smile with someone on the train, a missed connection can turn into a real one so long as you’re both Happn users. Instead of missing each other all the time, this app makes the first move for you. If you failed to introduce yourself to the girl on your commute, the app corrects your mistake.
3. No Blank Profiles
On Happn, most people’s profession is listed in addition to their ‘about me’ section, because Happn imports your profession from your Facebook profile when you set up your account. This is something Tinder for some reason doesn’t import. Tinder also allows users to only show their photo with no ‘about me’ and no profession listed. While some Tinder users choose to write an ‘about me’ section, many opt not to and leave their profile completely blank. This leaves confused swipers who care about more than just looks wondering they should swipe left or right? Happn tells you more about the person you’re looking at.
4. You’re Not Matched With Randoms
On Happn, you’re matched with people you actually have something in common with rather than randoms. Happn introduces you to people you’ve crossed paths with and who you likely share something in common with. For example, if Happn tells you “you’ve crossed paths with Jessica 31 times” that means Jessica could very well be your neighbour, or work in the same building as you, or go to the same gym as you. You share common ground before you even swipe right. Happn introduces you to people who likely have a more similar lifestyle to yours than your random Tinder match.
5. More Opportunity To Get Noticed
On Tinder, you can’t see or talk to anyone unless they’ve liked you back. On Happn, however, you can send a ‘charm’ to any woman you like – and that can at least get her to notice you and spur her to look at your profile and photos, even if she hasn’t ‘liked’ you yet. Similar to Tinder, Happn doesn’t allow any contact unless both users have ‘liked’ each other, (Happn calls this a ‘crush’ rather than calling it a ‘match’) which protects the users from wasting their time messaging someone who isn’t interested. However, the fact that you can send anyone a flirtatious nudge is a definite advantage.
6. You Can Meet Your Neighbours
One of the most interesting things about Happn is that it notifies you how many times you’ve crossed paths with a particular user. In our parent’s generation, it was common to introduce yourself to your neighbours. Our generation, however, is more concerned with keeping our heads down and trudging along. Perhaps Happn can help us meet our neighbours again, and then we can all watch Rugrats together and eat ice cream.
7. You Can Share Your Taste In Music
Another unique advantage of Happn that Tinder doesn’t have, is a partnership with Spotify. This allows you to see if you have the same taste in music someone on Happn who caught your eye, and if they’re in your list of crushes, you can even send a song to them, in a 21st century version of a mix tape. No Ed Sheeren though, eh?
Happn is free, and available on both iPhone and Android.