Most dating apps follow a similar pattern. You upload a few photos, maybe add a short bio so you can show off your interests, and then you start hunting for potential partners. But what if you’re looking for something more substantial than just matching with someone you find hot?
Brendan Alper, a former investment banker who quit to become a comedy writer, has developed a new kind of dating app. “Hater” brings people together who share mutual dislikes. So you can spend your first date laughing about how you can’t stand selfies or gluten-free diets.
There’s now a range of alternative dating apps with unusual filter criteria. Here’s five of the quirkiest.
If you’ve taken months cultivating some voluminous facial fuzz, it’s only natural you’ll want your beloved beard to be admired by your date. Thankfully, there’s a dating app for this very purpose: Bristlr. Its slogan doesn’t beat around the bush, either: “connecting those with beards to those who want to stroke beards”. To find your dream partner, the app displays all the beard-loving ladies in your surrounding environment. If you like what you see, you can give them a “heart” and arrange to hook up.
If you see yourself as something of a high flier and have the bank account to match, then Luxy is the app for you. Here, men list their annual income, as well as other information such as their favourite brands. It appears there’s a market for women who are less interested in the size of your six-pack than the bulge of your, err, wallet.
Sugar baby meets sugar daddy. If you have heaps of disposable income and consider yourself a “successful man” seeking “attractive company”, than you should download Seeking Arrangement. Created by Brandon Wade, it aims to match wealthy men with women who are young, beautiful and ambitious. Its website claims to offer four times the number of women than men, which is rare among dating apps.
Feabie is a dating app for men and women who are into “feederism” and “fat admiration”. It allows them to share their stories and successes, and members of all sizes are welcome to join. So if you’re a “feeder” (who enjoys plying your lover with food) looking for a “feedie” (a lover of food), this is just the thing for you.