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4 dating sites and apps that are really shaking things up

It’s 2021 and we’re living through a full-blown pandemic. Suffice to say, dating is a little weird.

Granted, online platforms such as Tinder, Hinge, and Bumble do a fantastic job at finding love, but new ‘matchmaking’ sites are for those looking to find something serious. For these sites, matchmaking is a more mature and adult version of dating, which goes beyond casual scenes and Netflix and Chill.

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High-intent dating app Aisle is all about dating with a focus on romance than mere flings in the times of swipes. It’s for people looking for partners and genuine relationships — something your parents may even approve of. Founded in 2014, Aisle finds a middle-ground between dating apps and matrimonial platforms.

Coffee Meets Bagel

Is there a better match than coffee and bagel? Like this culinary connection, Coffee Meets Bagel app wants you to discover your perfect match on their dating site. It’s what their official statement reveals on their website, ”create meaningful connections that spark hearts and inspire people to share themselves authentically and enthusiastically”. Via in-depth profiles and a rigorous algorithm, meet real people to form true connections.

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Even though it’s one of the oldest dating sites in the world, eHarmony still promises results. With enhanced features that cater to the modern and discerning individuals of today and a slightly expensive monthly budget, the app uses its data to manifest long-term relationships over flings and hook-ups. You can select a partner based on your spirituality and religious beliefs, intellect, athleticism, and more.

POF (Plenty of Fish)

Who knew the saying ”there’s plenty of fish in the sea” would find such an apt usage as a dating app. Rightly doing justice to its name, the app helps you find a genuine partner. You can set your standard filter options — age, intent, ethnicity, and body type — to meet a desirable match. Plenty of Fish trumpets its number of conversations for one main feature —messaging anyone is free.