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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.

Finally, if you want to "increase your chances," you can have the app send your chosen "friend" an anonymous text message (assuming you have your friend's phone number), asking them to download the app and hopefully rate you. In other news, this is an excellent way to prank your single friends — sorry guys! 

Is Down any worse than Tinder? No, not really. But it's much more difficult to get in the "online dating" mood when you have to keep swiping past your boss, your extended family, and your old high school teachers. 


Proximity-based dating apps are great for hooking up, but Mingleton (free) might take the "proximity" part a little too far. Mingleton is a Tinder-like dating app that matches you up with people who are in the same room as you — seriously, it looks for people who are "within up to 50 meters" from your location.

At first, this doesn't seem too bad. After all, if you're looking to get down with someone at a party, it's probably easier if they're, you know, at that party. Like Tinder, it's a mutual opt-in app that asks you to like people (ask them to "mingle"), and then it only connects you to people who also want to "mingle" with you.

But while this concept of mutual opt-in works on Tinder — because if you don't want to mingle with someone on Tinder, you can just not ever meet them — it's not quite as easy in a Mingleton situation. It definitely sets the stage for potential stalking, since you can simply look around the room (or festival, or whatever) and see the person who has rejected your invitation. After all, they're within 50 meters of you — that's just more than half the length of a football field.

In other words, while Mingleton means well (the point, according to the creators, is to get people to do some IRL mingling), it's just super creepy and weird, and it probably makes for a lot of uncomfortable situations.

A slightly less-creepy, but still extra-close-proximity-based app is the newly launched Happn, which is sort of like Tinder mashed up with Craigslist's Missed Connections. Unlike Mingleton, Happn simply logs people as you cross paths with them, and then asks if you want to meet them later on, instead of logging people who are standing next to you.


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