Skipping those you don’t fancy remains anonymous unless they’ve liked you (awkward).
Social media plays a huge part here, firstly through Facebook friends, then via friends of Facebook friends.
There are alternatives to Tinder or Grindr after all, says James Day Best for no-strings sex: Down (i OS/Android, free) Down is a rebranded version of Bang With Friends, which gives some idea where this is going, but with a new name comes new features.
You can now distinguish between those you want to date and those you want to do the dirty with by swiping up or down – you can swipe back if you accidentally skip someone.
This includes red- hot conversations and pics you wouldn’t want your mother to see, to more practical uses such as shared calendars for planning dates and travel.
There are even weather updates for notifications of what it’s like where they are – bang goes that uncomfortable silence saver.
Specify your height, relationship level and a pic or two, and the app finds potential partners nearby without pinpointing a location.
Best for long-distance relationships: Between (i OS/Android, free) Between offers a private vault for storing and sharing memories with someone special.
A word to the wise: this makes it way, way scarier than Tinder and yet somehow more exciting.
Best for private encounters: Tingle (i OS, free) Tingle lets you talk or text without revealing a name and number.
This means unlimited videos, photos and text messaging, finding guys near you and further afield, a search and tracking tool to see who has been checking you out, and a ‘would like to meet’ feature where men must meet your criteria.
Best of all, Between offers a lock function that’s activated if your phone is lost, stolen, or falls into the wrong hands.