The dating scene can be quite rough, especially of you are over 30 and you have a busy lifestyle that doesn’t leave you a lot of free time for meeting new people. Many people rely on social networks for socialization, but these platforms are less social than their names imply. Moreover, it can be difficult to find a date on a social network, since everybody is using these platforms and you can never know who is interested in hooking up or in finding a relationship. 


This is where dating apps come to the rescue. These apps work as social networks, with the main difference that everybody who is using them is strictly interested in dating. Whether you are looking for a casual hook up, or a romantic relationship, these apps can provide you with numerous candidates that could be suitable for you. In the following lines, we will discuss the pros and cons of the most popular free hookup apps of the moment. 

#1 Tinder
This is by far the most popular dating app of the moment. It is convenient, easy to use and its popularity makes it accessible for people all over the world. The great thing about Tinder is that it is location based and it has millions of active users, making it quite easy for anyone to find a suitable date candidate nearby. This app is designed for all people, regardless of their gender, age or sexual preferences. Moreover, due to the fact that it requires authentication through Facebook, Tinder is quite safe and the chances of dealing with fake accounts are minimum. Most of Tinder’s features are free. You don’t need to pay anything to create an account, upload your photos, swipe through the available candidates and talk with the people that interest you. However, there are some benefits to having a paid account. With a Plus account you will get rid of the annoying adds, you can also rewind if you make an accidental swipe, and you will have access to an unlimited number of swipes. There is also a Gold account available, which give you the option to see all the people who have liked you. 

#2 Down
This is not an average hookup app, but it is a great solution for shy people. Unlike Tinder, this app won’t hook you up with strangers. Instead, it will focus on the people you already know, and it will help you see if the people that interest you feel the same way about you. The app uses your Facebook friend list and you get to decide who you would like to hook up with. However, you don’t have to worry about creating awkward situations with people you know, as they will only see your suggestions if they also use the app and choose you as well. So basically, if you have any chemistry or sexual tension with people that you already know, this app will help you see if the other people feel the same way about you, so that you can get pass your shyness and get down to business. This app is completely free, and it is suitable for people of all ages, and all sexual orientations. Its only downside is that it has numerous ads, but this is to be expected from any free app. 

#3 Bumble
This app is better suited for relationships, rather than quick hook ups. It works by putting the ladies in the driver’s seat. This means that men can choose the women that interest them, but they can’t interact with them, unless the women make the first move. The good thing about this app is that is a great time saver, because if a woman chooses to start talking with a man, she is definitely interested in him. The free version of the app gives you access to all the basic features, from seeing your available options, to matching with them, and chatting with them. However, it only offers a 24 hours window for the women to decide if they want to engage with their matches. With the paid version, there is no timeframe for matches, and you also get to see all the people who have already liked you.