A new calendar year is upon us and resolutions are in full swing. If you've decided to be more social and meet new people there are plenty of apps that can help you find friends, like-minded individuals, or romantic partners.
Meeting: Tinder, Grindr, and SCISSR
Whether you're looking for a quick fling or hoping to strike up something more substantial, you've got to meet new people. Tinder lets you and others anonymously express interest in each other, and if and when a match occurs, lets you make contact and see what happens. Grindr focuses specifically on the gay and male bisexual community, and SCISSR on the lesbian and female community. Whoever and whatever you're looking for, one of them will suit your desires.
- Tinder - Free with IAP - Download now
- Grindr - Free with IAP - Download now
- SCISSR - Free - Download now
Dating: POF (Plenty of Fish), OkCupid, and Match
At some point, you may not want to meet just someone, but the one. There's not an app in the 'verse that can guarantee that, of course, but there are some that focus less on the hookup and more on the matchup. You're still playing the odds, but hopefully, they get stacked a little more in your favor. OKCupid is a classic, and for a reason. If you're just starting, it's also an OK place to start. Plenty of Fish, on the other hand, has millions of members and a lot of features to help you meet the right one, in the right place, at the right time. Match, meanwhile, is the No. 1 dating app in the world and claims to have the largest pool of straight, gay, and lesbian singles.
- OKCupid - Free with IAP - Download now
- POF - Free with IAP - Download now
- Match - Free with IAP - Download now
Messaging: Snapchat, Wickr Me, and Telegram
Communication is vital to intimacy — not the general banter we engage in every day and often barely listen to, but the flirting, the sharing of hopes and dreams, secrets and desires—the things we would only ever share with one other. Snapchat is what pretty much everyone uses these days for ephemeral messaging. Telegram Messenger is also a popular choice and known as one of the fastest communication tools on the App Store. Wickr Me is relatively similar to Snapchat, in that you can send messages, pictures, video, and files, but the sender has total control, so if you want to delete a message at any time, you can, and there isn't anything the recipient can do about it.
- Snapchat - Free - Download now
- Telegram Messenger - Free - Download now
- Wickr Me - Free - Download now
Dining and Food: Foursquare, OpenTable, and DoorDash
Casual or candle-lit, fast or fine, classic or fusion, trendy or timeless, there are all kinds of restaurants and foods for all kinds of occasions. If it's the first encounter, maybe you want a coffee or pastry shop to keep things light and informal. If it's a budding romance, maybe you want someplace that'll help stoke the fires. If it's a getaway from your every day, maybe you want someplace that'll let you fall in love all over again. The Apple Maps app is great for finding local fare. For more, Foursquare offers the best social recommendations. And once you find the perfect place, OpenTable can help make sure you get a reservation. (OpenTable even integrates with Siri and Maps, which makes it quick and easy to start the process.) Staying in for the night? Order from DoorDash and get the food delivered.
Getting away: HotelTonight, Hotels.com, and Expedia
If you live with family or roommates, finding time and space to be alone together can be tough. Yet that's the very thing that takes your relationship to the next level. HotelTonight and Hotels.com can help you find a room for a get-away or even an oasis right near home. If you're looking for a longer adventure, consider booking a vacation through Expedia.
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