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When it comes to finding love, dating sites are where it's at these days.

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Remember a time when if you wanted to find a partner you went out, met someone without exchanging texts first and decided if you liked them? Let's call that time Summer is the busiest time for online dating but not all apps are created equal. Credit: Shutterstock.

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Over the past eight months as a single, I have had an on-off relationship with the apps, let alone the men I have met though them. But summer's wane is prime time for dating activity someone told me I have a deadline of round one of the footy season. In Australia, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission estimated in that online dating sites had more than 4.

So inthat is bound to be ificantly higher. Melissa Ferrari, a Sydney-based relationships expert and psychotherapist, said it was logical that summer was the annual peak for online dating as "people might be feeling lonely or have disruption in their own family and think they want to create their own". Tinder is still the big gun when it comes to dating apps.

Ferrari, who met her own husband on dating site RSVP, which is owned by the publisher of this website, said the best dating sites require users to make the most effort. I decided to try a bunch of dating apps to see which, if any, suited my current situation.

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Although I downloaded several at once, Ferrari advises to stick to one you like. It can have a long-term psychological effect. Rejection can be so strong.

You have to have some robustness to handle that. Quite often it's not about you, it's just you haven't ticked a certain box [for the other person]. And even if apps are your main game, Ferrari says don't discount the power of meeting people organically. That can lead to you not noticing the guy at the coffee shop who is interested because your energy is elsewhere.

The first "women-first" dating app, where only females can initiate conversations except in same-sex matchesI thought Bumble would be a massive step up from Tinder.

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Recently the company clocked up two million members in Australia. Generally, the guys on Bumble are a bit more interested in dating than hook-ups but it's been mixed pickings. I deleted the app over summer after the quality of men seemed to plummet, although I did download it again last week because I still don't have wifi or TV in my new apartment. I'm chatting with a sane, attractive, kind guy. So for now, there's still hope. So, this is where the cool kids hang out. I love the interface on Hinge, mainly because the profiles require you to answer three random questions, such as your ideal Sunday.

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It must be a popular feature because I have noticed Bumble has emulated it. According to its marketing spiel, Hinge aims to be "younger and cooler" than sites such as RSVP but "less superficial" than Tinder. I can agree with that, to a point.

Its downside is being a smaller app, it doesn't have the volume of Bumble or Tinder and, as we all know, online dating is a s game. Still, am due to have a phone chat with a guy this week. Quality over quantity. I kept hearing about Raya like it was some underground club with a secret door.

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True, you need to be referred by another member not that hard and you have to pay to play, meaning it does weed out some of the dross. I ed up for a month and while I spotted the odd celebrity, I didn't strike up a decent conversation with anyone. But apparently it's big in London and New York, places I will be visiting in coming weeks.

In a well-informed attempt to avoid my ex, I have boycotted Tinder. The last time I was there circa midit was pretty much a glorified hook-up website And if you want one of those, may I suggest better places to go where things are, how shall we say, less "ambiguous".

True, there may be Tinder marriages and Tinder babies out there, but I am yet to meet any. And yet. After consulting a friend, who told me "Tinder is the only one that actually works", I have reluctantly ed up.

But after a couple of days, the fear of seeing my ex, after eight months of no contact, was too great, and I deleted it. I tried a bunch of dating apps so you don't have to. Please try again later. The Sydney Morning Herald. By Melissa Singer February 14, — 8. Save Log inregister or subscribe to save articles for later.

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