The buzz about Bumble

Meghan Laakso
Staff Writer

In today’s world of dating, there are many more options available than the generation before us had.

Dates were initiated by an in-person conversation or a phone call. Now a new way of meeting people has come into play—dating through smartphone apps.

One popular way of finding a date today is Tinder. According to 73 percent of college students chose Tinder as their dating app of choice.

To use that app people swipe the screen right to indicate interest in a person or left to dislike someone’s profile. If two people both swipe right for each other, then a match is made and either one of the two can initiate a conversation.

In competition with Tinder is an up-and-coming dating app called Bumble.
Aesthetically, Tinder and Bumble are similar. They have identical layouts and set up processes. Bumble also follows the swipe right or left tradition.  

What makes the two apps different is what happens when a match is made.
On Bumble, once both people have swiped right, only the woman can initiate a conversation and she has 24 hours to do so before the match disappears. In same-sex matches, either party can start a discussion.

The idea of Bumble came from Sadie Hawkins dances. Not only does this concept take the pressure off guys, it gives women the ability to prevent men from hitting on them in inappropriate and uncomfortable ways, according to Bumble’s frequently-asked questions page.

Bumble was created by Whitney Wolfe, a co-founder of Tinder. According to Business Insider, Wolfe left Tinder after filing a sexual harassment lawsuit towards ex-boyfriend and Tinder co-founder, Justin Mateen. After struggling with the aftermath of leaving Tinder, Wolfe decided to create an app that empowers women.

So ladies, if you are looking for an uncomplicated and stress-free way to meet guys without the impolite pick up lines...

And guys, if you like the idea of women making the first move and not having to come up with award-winning one-liners...
There’s an app for that.