When I had pointed out that this might lead to problems with sexual harassment, his face fell – it was something he had never even considered.
In the male-dominated world of apps, centering and empowering women felt radical.
After spending 10 minutes looking through profiles, I concluded that Tinder and Bumble were nothing alike.
As my friend had promised, Bumble had far more interesting choices.
Almost every man on Bumble had a proper bio, and almost no man had grainy gym shots.
You could take a selfie in-app, and it would be reviewed by a real person on Bumble’s team.But on Bumble, they seemed more genuine and serious. All in all, the app seemed like it had been designed with an eye to women and our safety. In the fraught, often terrifying world of online dating, this was vital.I thought of apps like Blendr, the shortlived version of Grindr for straight people.All these advantages, though, paled in comparison to the real one.The one feature that differentiated Bumble from every other dating app? Once you matched with a man, you had 24 hours to send him a message or the match would expire permanently. In a world where men bemoaned having to make the first move, and in which women were plagued with endless, inane come-ons, this was a welcome role reversal.