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5 reasons why Happn is better than Tinder

With a plethora of dating apps available online, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you.

Picture it. You're on a bus to town, and you see the most beautiful specimen you have ever laid eyes on. He's perfect. Your eyes meet, and he cracks a smile. You think to yourself 'this is it' as you make your way over to speak to him but alas, he has gotten off at an earlier stop and your fairytale judders to an abrupt halt. With Happn, however, it doesn't have to be like that.

Happn gives you the opportunity to connect with every person you crossed paths with, meaning that the perfect man you saw on the bus needn't be lost forever. When it comes to dating apps, however, Tinder remains dominant. But why limit yourself? Here are five reasons for you to make the switch to Happn today.

1. You don't have to go to the other side of the UK to find a decent match

Tinder's default radius for your 'playing field' is approximately 50km, and can be increased to around 160km. Although this means that you probably have lots of choice, surely the point of a dating app is that you find people you like nearby? We have the whole of the internet to find a long-distance lover: we don't need it with dating apps, too. Meanwhile, due to its goal to connect you with people you've just crossed paths with, Happn only shows profiles of people approximately 250m away. With Happn, your future soulmate is probably only a short walk away—forking out for train fares or petrol for a date that might not even work out are a thing of the past.

2. You can bond with people based on shared interests

Whilst Tinder just shows you how far away potential matches are, Happn gives you a little bit more insight. With it being based on when/where you crossed paths with you match, you will be able to see how compatible your lifestyles are. Maybe you both frequent the same coffee shop or restaurant, or maybe you both previously crossed paths at your favourite gig venue or art gallery. With Tinder, it's not uncommon for people you match with to lie about having things in common with you. However, with Happn's geographic technology, it's a lot more natural and organic. If you have things in common with people, Happn helps to engineer fate by making you aware of each other. It's like a classic love story except you can fast-forward through the boring bits and get straight into the action.

3. You won't risk accidentally swiping left on your soulmate

Reflexes can let you down at the best of times. With the swipe feature on Tinder, it's easy to get into a habit of just swiping mindlessly, until you realise you've just swiped away a potential husband. Luckily, Happn has worked to reduce this potential for human error by foregoing the 'swipe' feature altogether. If you want to remove a profile from your feed, you need a lot more focus and precision by clicking the little 'cross' button, so mistakes will no longer be a barrier between you and true love.

4. You aren't obligated to like or reject every profile you come across

There's no room for uncertainty on Tinder. You are shown one profile at a time, and you have to decide there and then if it's a 'yes' or a 'no'. Quite often, if you're unsure, you'll end up either matching with somebody you aren't that invested in and face your DMs being clogged up or let a good match pass you by because you weren't given enough time to properly make up your mind. This is where Happn comes in. With its map feature, you are able to view the profiles of all people you cross paths with and take as long as you like until you decide whether you're interested. You can then 'like' the other person and if they 'like' you too, you will be able to start chatting. You can even send them a 'Hello' if it's someone extra special!

5. It's less superficial and doesn't rank you based on 'hotness'

Controversially, Tinder recently revealed that there is a secret 'ranking' system in place. Members are essentially ranked by the app based on how many people swipe right on them—the more right swipes you get, the 'hotter' you are. As well as this being an extremely toxic and shallow aspect of the app, it also impacts your usage of it. Your 'hotness' rating will impact how often—and to whom—your profile is shown. There's a severe lack of equality in using this app and it's based on entirely arbitrary standards. Happn, however, fosters a deeper level of human connection based on shared interests. This is why its the right app for you if you're looking for something deeper than a hook-up.

You can download Happn on the App Store or Google Play.