Online dating for students

21-Jan-2015 11:57

Traditional dating sites like and e Harmony have always been a hard sell on college campuses, where the incredible density of young single people all living in the same buildings makes turning to the Internet to find love seem unnecessary and old-fashioned.

But now, a new breed of dating services is making headway with this younger and more carefree demographic.

Most of my friends met their significant others organically, but I have a handful of friends who found their special someone via dating apps, even as a junior in college.

I decided to use Coffee Meets Bagel (CMB), and here are the observations that I made. Dating In College Is Pretty Terrible It’s really difficult to meet people organically because everyone is sewn to their phones and thinking of what their next move is going to be on Instagram or Snapchat.

Isn’t it strange that meeting someone at a bar is considered more romantic than finding them online?

In my opinion, users of dating apps are actually being proactive about finding someone. Online Dating Takes Away The Nerves Call me crazy, but I get super nervous meeting people for the first time because you never know if you’re just going to be friends or something more.

You can click either “Like” or “Pass” on that day’s “Bagel.” If you like each other, you can set up a date, with Groupon-style discounts to local coffee shops and restaurants offered up as meeting points.

Date My School - This app merges the experience of a traditional dating site with the new breed of apps’ focus on user location.

If it doesn’t work out romantically, there is no shame in befriending an ex-potential date. ) When I first told my friends and family that I would be working at CMB everyone was totally fine with it.A lot of 20-somethings are just looking for a hookup, and with CMB, you know that the person is most likely looking for something a little more serious and mature. Meeting People Is Really Difficult In the “Real World” Yes, networking is incredibly easy when you’re in the startup world, but to meet potential lovers is tough.You can’t tell if someone is interested, not interested or just being a creep.Unlike with Pure or Tinder, everyone is free to message everyone else (though, there is a block function for creeps).The makers of Grindr actually released a version aimed at straight users, called Blendr, but it never caught on, perhaps because the safeguards of Tinder were not in place.

If it doesn’t work out romantically, there is no shame in befriending an ex-potential date. ) When I first told my friends and family that I would be working at CMB everyone was totally fine with it.

A lot of 20-somethings are just looking for a hookup, and with CMB, you know that the person is most likely looking for something a little more serious and mature. Meeting People Is Really Difficult In the “Real World” Yes, networking is incredibly easy when you’re in the startup world, but to meet potential lovers is tough.

You can’t tell if someone is interested, not interested or just being a creep.

Unlike with Pure or Tinder, everyone is free to message everyone else (though, there is a block function for creeps).

The makers of Grindr actually released a version aimed at straight users, called Blendr, but it never caught on, perhaps because the safeguards of Tinder were not in place.

We’ve listed seven matchmaking apps that college students are using now.