Coffee Meets Bagel & Other Dating Apps for a Modern Single

It recently occurred to me that I don’t have a lot of pictures of Paul and I, especially from way back when we were first dating. That’s probably because way back then, more than twenty-five years ago, we would have needed to carry an actual real camera with us wherever we went and then wait to have the pictures developed and hope they came out good. There was no taking a quick selfie, cropping it, and adding the most flattering filter we could find before then sharing it with a million of our closest friends via the internet. Those were definitely crazy times indeed. I mean, how did we ever survive? No, really, my kids ask that question all the time.

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The other thing that made those times a bit crazy was finding ways to meet someone to date, getting to know them, and then going out on actual dates. Paul and I met while working together at our local movie theater, but I’m guessing most people spent a lot of time at dance clubs or maybe a local bar trying to find the love of their life. Those were the days when you talked to someone on the phone (the kind that hung on a wall with a cord attached to it) and spent time with them in person while getting to know each other, but the times have changed. My have they changed. I mean, I’m sure there are still men and women who prefer old school methods of finding a date, but with advanced technology and mobile devices like my Samsung Galaxy S5, finding your perfect match could be as close as your fingertips because I’m pretty you already know there’s an app for nearly everything and dating is no exception.

Fun Fact: According to a recent study conducted by U.S. researchers in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, it is estimated that 35% of marriages in the United States began as an online dating relationship.

The fact that online matchmaking has become so successful might be one of the reasons that internet dating sites are offering apps as a way of making it easier than ever before to find your potential soul mate, right from the comfort of your own home. Two of the most popular online dating sites for singles looking for love are Match and eHarmony. Match alone has approximately 15 millions users who live in 24 countries, which is why it made perfect sense for them to launch a brand new website and app so their members could conveniently access their account no matter where they might be in the world, from the comfort of their couch to sitting in an airport while waiting to catch a flight. What’s really great is that the search options on both sites provide better matches because they go beyond filters for age, hair color and where a person lives, to allow you to remove possible matches based on lifestyle preferences including religion, alcohol consumption, and many other things depending on what you’re looking for in a date. While the apps are free, you do need a subscription in order to be able to interact with possible dates.

If you’re the type of person who likes being able to search for a potential match online, but would prefer connecting with someone through a friend you have in common, then Coffee Meets Bagel might be the service for you! It’s a free app on Apple devices, that uses your Facebook friends list to connect you with possible dates in form of a “bagel”. If you “like” the match and they “like” you back then you will be able to connect via a private chat room and get to know he other a little better.

Fortunately, the shame that used to be connected with online dating no longer exists and even better is the fact that current technology means singles don’t have to be constantly checking their computer while searching for a future mate. Instead, the entire process of finding someone special can now be an exciting adventure that easily fits into your busy everyday life. I’ve certainly heard of many wonderful online dating success stories, but I wonder if it’s for everyone. Have you ever tried online dating? Would you ever consider it or recommend it to a friend?

Disclosure: I’m a compensated member of the U.S. Cellular Blogger Brigade, but as always thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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  1. I’ve never heard of Coffee Meets Bagel. Sounds interesting.
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  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    I saw them on Shark Tank. It’s a cute idea.

  3. Your title had me smiling. Plus what great app for single people.
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  4. Sounds like a great app for single people. Also is that you in the photo?
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  5. That is an interesting statistic about online relationships. My husband and I met in 1996 and we used to tell people we met on the internet which was so new then
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    • Wow! Meeting on the internet in 1996 sounds so crazy to me, but it sounds like you and your husband were part of some serious trendsetting. 😉

  6. Wow that is high, 35%! They did not have any of these kind of things when I met my husband.

    • I was stunned when I read the 35%, too! My husband and I met in 1990, so yeah, there definitely wasn’t anything like this back then.

  7. I have never heard of this before. I am glad my dating days are over though!
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    • I have to agree, Ashley! While I’m super grateful not to need a dating app, I’m really glad there are so many wonderful options for singles.

  8. It’s been 10 years since I’ve dated anyone, but sounds like some great apps are out there!

  9. Coffee Meets Bagel sounds like an app worth checking out. Glad to hear about it!!

  10. Folks can meet the love of their life – sounds like a fun app
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  11. What an interesting name for a dating site, Coffee Meets Bagel! Sounds real fun!
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  12. My husband and I met online, so we definitely fall into the 35%!
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  13. My mom met my stepdad through personal ads (like the internet before the internet!). It was so looked down on that whenever anyone asked, they would always say they met through “mutual friends”
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    • I remember that stigma attached to online dating, but I’m so glad people look at it differently nowadays. I think whatever works is great, especially if it leads to a happy match!

  14. Passing this on to my single friends! I am sure they would love to know of a great app to help with dating!
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  15. I always think it must be very hard to be of dating age anymore….

  16. 35% of marriages begins with dating sites is amazing to me. I know there are a lot of sites – but I never would of thought the number was that high.
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  17. I know quite a few friends who met on dating sites and have been married a long time. I love this.

  18. Debbie Denny says

    Sounds like a helpful app. Handy for those looking.

  19. I have never heard of this app but then of course why would I? I have been happily married for over 20 years.
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  20. I enjoyed this article because of your “old school” references! Those of us raised in the old school world of dating, when we didn’t want to go out on the dating scene, would say “someone is going to have to show up at my front door”, which is exactly how I met my husband (now deceased, I showed up at his door!). I’m not fond of all of this online meeting stuff…you never know if someone is who they say they are. Also, 35% of marriages began online, but how many of those ended or will end in divorce? Call me a skeptic, but I’m still not sure about this. Very interesting article…oh, and I have far less pics of Paul and I because I had a camera that took film; I got my first digital camera in 2003!

  21. I met my husband in person, but we used the internet to get to know one another further. It certainly helped!
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  22. I’m sorta happy I don’t need an app, but it’s pretty great that something like this is available for those who do! Dating websites are all the rage these days!
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