In this day and age, women empowerment and safety is paramount when it comes to online dating. Due to failed attempts to match authentic users or have their inboxes frequently penetrated by creepy, persistent men, women often find online dating experience less than enjoyable.
Thankfully, Bumble understands this all too natural problem and has decided to give women back the power.
I applaud Bumble for its genuine efforts to make women feel safer on their dating app. On Bumble, women can make the first move, leaving men in a ‘losing position,’ but women feeling much more secure.
Moreover, this app is LGBTQ inclusive, which is another bonus. This app allows users to make healthy connections- not just in terms of relationships or hook-ups, but also friendships.
Why Should You Choose It?
If you are a woman, then I’m pretty sure that I’ve already made my case. There is no other mainstream dating app out there that will offer you the same security and Bumble will. If you are a man, then there are several other reasons to choose this app.
To begin with, the entire process is straightforward and effortless. It will take you a maximum of 1 to 2 minutes to register a new account on this app. Since the app asks permission to sync with your social media accounts, the lengthy sign-up process is relieved off your shoulders. The app automatically imports all your information, allowing you to begin browsing within minutes.
The suggestions begin almost immediately. There is no tedious quiz or questionnaire process which will take up a couple of your hours.
Finally, what I like about Bumble is its photo verification process. This process ensures that whoever you see on the Bumble app is the real deal- and you don’t end up getting catfishes. In this age of filters and Photoshop, I feel this is an important aspect.
What Is Its Unique Selling Point?
As I mentioned earlier, the USP of Bumble is giving women back the power in their hands. Of course, if you are a same-sex couple, then either of you can reach out to the other first, but in the case of heterosexual matches, it’s the woman first.
This makes the platform extremely safe for women, which is quite essential, I feel.
Another unique feature of this app is the new Bumble Mag. This is a recent launch and has already become insanely popular. It is an offline magazine which the app will send you for free- as long as you are a member of Bumble. You have to request your free copy through the app.
The magazine is pretty great. It gives you tips and advice on relationships, dating, love, and everything you need to know to get your mojo back in the world of online dating.
How Much Does It Cost?
Like Tinder, Bumble also has free and paid options. And again, just like Tinder, the free option isn’t too restrictive. You can create your profile, match with users, and even chat and send messages, which is excellent. Other apps usually lock the chatting feature unless you pay for it.
It also has a paid subscription for those who like the app and want to try out the extra features. I decided to opt for the paid subscription to see what the features were like. Let me first tell you about the cost breakup, and then I’ll let you know about the added features.
The upgraded Bumble membership is called Bumble Boost, and it can cost you anything between $10.99 a week to $24.99 a month, depending on the length of your subscription.
There is also a lifetime membership option, which will cost you $149.99.
Now, once you get the upgrade, you will have access to features like:
- Bumble Boost – This feature automatically notifies you when someone right swipes on your profile. Once you get the notification, you can visit their profile and swipe right or left. It’s pretty effortless.
- BumbleBff – Great for people who are looking for platonic relationships on the app.
- BumbleBizz – Similar to the previous one, but this is a dating site for businesses. (Think: LinkedIn).
- SuperSwipe – You need to pay with coins on the app for this feature. When you use it, the user is notified that you paid something, especially to get their attention. This should be a big hint for them that you’re super interested.
- Backtrack – Like the ‘Undo’ feature, it helps you go back to an account you accidentally swiped away.
Making a Profile
Making a profile on Bumble is one of the most specific things about this app. There’s not much I can say about it. Just register with your name, age, gender, sexuality, and location, and you’re set!
Conversely, you can make this process even more streamlined by allowing the app to sync with your Facebook account. It automatically gets all your information, and your profile is set up for you effortlessly.
Matching With Someone
Although Bumble doesn’t have a search option, in my opinion, this isn’t a bad thing. I mean, I know the dangers of swiping on dating apps and spending hours just mindlessly scrolling. Bumble eliminates that by presenting you with handpicked matches according to your preferences.
The catch is- the matches last only for 24 hours. After that, they expire and are replaced with your new matches for the next day. However, with the paid subscription and upgrade, you can revisit timed out connections, which is excellent if you have FOMO.
That being said, there is also a ‘Casual Dating’ category for those who, as you can guess, want to opt for casual dating services and don’t want to feel restricted by the limited time-frame feature.
- Free account isn’t restrictive
- Verified profiles
- You can report fake profiles
- Allows only women to make the first move, empowering them and taking the pressure off men
- LGBTQ inclusive
- Easy sign-up process
- Great added features
- Will enable users to look for platonic relationships
- Easy to navigate and bright, fun layout
- Free Bumble Mag
- The 24-hour time frame may cause you to miss out on suitable matches
- May feel restrictive for men
- No desktop version
- Not very detailed profiles
In my honest, humble opinion, I like this app. There are several reasons, but I’ve already listed most of them above and won’t bore you with the same. I found the paid subscription and its added features unique and extraordinary. However, I must admit that the free account is just as good.
If you are lonely or just looking to make friends, this app is excellent for you. Moreover, if you’re a woman, you really will feel safe and empowered as no other app gives you this kind of an option to message first.
Overall, I think this is a great initiative- no wonder Bumble is so popular amongst women and men!