Bumble – dating app review

  Image cropped from Bumble app

While there are three modes in the bumble app, the one I will be reviewing in this post is bumble date. I may review the other modes at a later stage.

Wikipedia describe Bumble as a location-based social and dating application that facilitates communication between interested users but with one key difference, women message first.

Bumble is free to download from the google play store. You can create an account using Facebook or your phone number.  For the purpose of this review, I signed up using Facebook.

Bumble have three modes in the one app, bumble date (for dating obvs), bumble bff (for finding new friends) and bumble Bizz (grow a network/business with local people)

bumble date
bumble bff
bumble bizz

Creating a profile is easy, just add a few photos of yourself, enter if you’re active, your star sign, if you drink, what you are looking for etc. Your profile picture and your age will automatically be taken from Facebook. Your location will also be used to suggest matches nearby.

On the main page, your first match will appear. Their picture(s), name, age, and location will also be shown. Swipe left (not interested), swipe right (interested).

The person icon in the left corner takes you to your profile. Your picture, edit profile, contact and FAQ and bumble coins are shown on this page. The gear icon on the left takes you to the setting page. Here you can use snooze mode, set advanced date filters, who you are interested in, age and edit notification settings. At the bottom of this page, you can log out.

Go back to main page. Click the message icon in the corner and you are taken to the match and conversation page. Your matches are shown at the top. To see who likes you in the match queue, you must upgrade to bumble boost.  Conversations are shown underneath.

match queue and conversations page

If you match with someone, you (female) have 24 hours to message first. After you make the first move, the recipient then has 24 hours to respond or the match disappears. In a same- sex relationship, either person can message first and the recipient must again respond or the match disappears.

My review of Bumble date

I was unable to upgrade to boost due to the fact it had an offer of €20 euro but when I went to pay they wanted to charge me nearly €80! Anyway I continued to use the free version and here is how I got on…

In a month, I had gotten approximately 15 matches. 13 answered so the other matches disappeared after 24 hours. I unmatched with two guys due to one guy being inappropriate and the other just wanted snapchat names. So out of 11 guys…

27% wanted my snapchat

22% conversations out of a possible 50 matches

36% were students

19% continued conversation after day 1

81% did not continue conversation after day 1

27% were looking for a relationship

27% didn’t state what they were looking for

18% wanted something casual

27% said they didn’t know what they were looking for yet

I did not meet up with anyone from this app. No dates were arranged.

Pros

  • The app is well – designed. It gives the appearance of a beehive which I liked. The use of colours white and yellow in the app was really cool.
  • I like how the woman has to message first. I’m usually shy to text and in a way this app boosted my confidence in making a move and saying hey.
  • It’s easy to text and you can like a message using the heart icon in the corner.
  • I like how you can send gifs in the conversations.
  • It’s easy to set up and create a profile.
  • Bumble have a great support team and they get back to you fairly quickly.

Cons

  • The location was a big no for me. I hated how it showed my exact town instead of the district like Cork etc. It made me feel uneasy at times. When I contacted them about it they said there was nothing they could do and it goes by your phones location.
  • The payment for bumble boost seriously needs to be sorted out. I was lucky I spotted the €80 at the bottom of the screen before I entered my credit card…
  • There should be a filter for the location. I live in Munster and it was showing me potential matches from Dundalk and Dublin.

Conclusion

Bumble is a well- designed app that challenges society and it’s stereotypes. The fact that women text first is a nice modern idea. The majority of people on the app want something casual or they don’t know. There were very few on the app who were looking for a relationship.

For a while, I enjoyed using the app but it soon seemed like just another dating app in the market. It seems that the app may be headed into the hook-up culture reputation. The idea of the name bumble and the beehive appearance is really well done. The biggest problem with the app was the location. I think that if the location was fixed then it would much better. For now, the location problem is bothersome.

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