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Five dating apps that are just the worst

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal | Feb. 16, 2015
Online dating used to be a way for shy, socially awkward people to meet their (shy, socially awkward) soulmates and begin relationships based on, well, more than just looks and sex. But when dating sites moved from the wired Internet to smartphones, well, let's just say things started to go downhill.

Yeah, any app that actually encourages you to stalk your date is probably something you should avoid if you want to have a healthy relationship. That said, Lulu isn't quite as bad as it sounds. First of all, it works on an opt-in model — any guy reviewed on the app has to first sign up for the app (guys can track their Lulu reviews, though they can't review other guys). If, at any time, they decide they don't want to be on the app, they can simply remove themselves. In other words, the guys you should be worried about...probably aren't on this app to begin with.

Lulu also keeps it pretty tame by giving ladies a list of hashtags to choose from — women can't enter in their own hashtags, so you're probably not going to find anything too scandalous.


Down (free), formerly known as Bang With Friends, is an app that initiates hookups between Facebook buddies. 

Because who doesn't want to hook up with their younger brother's college roommates, am I right? 

For what it's worth, the concept behind Down isn't awful, if you think about it. After all, it makes more sense to hook up with people you sort of know via Facebook than it does to hook up with people you've never met before via Tinder, right? But that doesn't make it any less creepy when the app asks you to rate a bunch of kids you've known since elementary school. 

Because Down is based on your Facebook friends list, you must sign in with Facebook. Don't worry, though — the app promises it will never post anything to Facebook on your behalf. Next, the app asks you to go through your friends list and rate your friends by swiping up for "get date" (meaning, "I would like to have coffee and potentially a relationship with this person"), or down for "get down" (meaning... well, something else besides coffee) or to the left for "NOPE." Like Tinder, the app only lets the other person know that you want to have coffee/hook up with them if they also want to have coffee/hook up with you, so nobody gets embarrassed. 

The app lets you choose who you'll see: Guys, girls, and friends or friends of friends. You can also search for people by name, if you know who you're after. The app does not discriminate by relationship status, but it does take friend location and sexual preference into account when showing you people to rate. Also, in the (horrifying) event that you accidentally swipe "get date" or "get down" for someone you shouldn't have, you can undo the action by searching for them and tapping "undo."


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