Social media plays a huge part here, firstly through Facebook friends, then via friends of Facebook friends.A word to the wise: this makes it way, way scarier than Tinder and yet somehow more exciting.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.Skipping those you don’t fancy remains anonymous unless they’ve liked you (awkward).
The more you experiment with Tingle, the more credits you earn for messaging – its developers claim this stops spammers and over-flirting but it also monetises Tingle via in-app purchases, meaning you’ll spend to keep in private contact with a catch.
Best for gay guys: Scruff (i OS/Android/Windows Phone, free) While Scruff offers a worringly long price list of in-app purchases for maximising man-to-man action, it also excels in free content.
Best for long-distance relationships: Between (i OS/Android, free) Between offers a private vault for storing and sharing memories with someone special.
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.
Best for private encounters: Tingle (i OS, free) Tingle lets you talk or text without revealing a name and number.
Specify your height, relationship level and a pic or two, and the app finds potential partners nearby without pinpointing a location.