You create a simple profile with a handful of photos and a few sentences about yourself, then throw yourself at the Internet's mercy. If you like one, swipe the photo to the right; otherwise, swipe to the left.
Users log in via Facebook accounts, enter preferences, sexual orientation, location and age.
Every day at noon, the app supplies you with a field of potential matches.
And, of course, because you know friends in common, you're both more accountable and less likely to act like jerks when faced with the prospect of real world social blowback.
No one ever said that finding the perfect mate was easy, but the Internet has put almost every single person in your locality at your fingertips.
Even a few years ago, Internet dating meant tethering yourself to your computer.
Thanks to mobile devices and location-sensing apps, however, the whole world has become your playground for dates, hookups and long-term relationships. Check out our top 10 dating, hook-up and meet-up apps that will help you find the Right One... Ok Cupid (Android, i OS) features a massive userbase and straightforward dating tools.
But rather than rest on their laurels, OKC keeps refining and adding on features to its apps, such as a new system of "Flavors" that allows users to quickly view evocative flavors of potential matches, such as Kinky Nerds, Beard Lovers, World Travelers, etc.
All this is in addition to Ok Cupid's messaging tools, personality quizzes, Instagram integration and other old favorites.
A premium subscription adds other features, such as refined search tools and the ability to see users who have liked you.
Tinder (Android, i OS) blazed the trail, set by Grindr, toward a world of swipe and scroll dating apps.
On its face Tinder encourages you to make shallow, snap judgments about potential partners.