The dating culture is evolving from what it was. The way humans met to build romantic relationships is changing, and it would do you a world of good to hop on the ‘change train’ too.
What exactly is changing? Dating platforms are the train you need to hop on to maximize your chances of meeting that special one with who you may end up spending the rest of your life.
Hinge vs. OkCupid
Comparison of History
Which one of both platforms has been around the longest? That would be OkCupid. A dating platform’s longevity is important because it shows the level of faith in them. Hinge was founded in the post-foundation era of social media companies. It was launched in 2012 by Justin McLeod.
It was branded as the ‘The Relationship App’ as a subtle dig at Tinder, which was getting the unwanted label of being superficial. Hinge has a catchy slogan to this effect; “The app to be deleted.” It means the Hinge team would like to see you get off their app as quickly as they can by finding you a partner.
Hinge used to be tightly wound with Facebook but has since severed that tie. In 2017, it was acquired by The Match Group. Hinge is still growing and doing all it can to be a ‘relationship app.’ Compared to OkCupid, its yearly revenue is like a drop in OkCupid’s ocean.
Yearly, the company makes $5.2 million. A figure is expected to grow, going by how popular the app has gotten.
Key Features of Both Websites
Hinge does not have a lot of features. It is a straightforward and simple app that focuses on doing the important things right. There may be more features included in the future, but for now, with a free account, you can view complete profiles of other members, send messages to people you are a match with, and view who sent you likes.
A paid account extends those features further and lets you send unlimited likes, make finding people who like you more straightforward, and set advanced preferences. There is a unique feature on the app that lets you do your bit and make finding a partner easier for others.
It is called ‘We Met.’ If you were able to meet a match physically, you would be asked to share the experience so they can make the app even better.
OkCupid has more features than hinged. You can message others, use search filters, view profiles, and use the swipe feature called double-take to find a partner without paying. OkCupid has ads that go away when you subscribe to a premium account.
The chat feature lets you see if your message has been delivered. There is an advanced search feature on the paid-tier, a daily auto boos, and the assurance that your messages will appear on his/her inbox ahead of free account users.
Comparison of the Sign-Up Process
OkCupid’s matching system is algorithm-based, and this is why you have to take a personality test at signup. You have to provide necessary information such as your name, location, etc. You can skip doing that by creating an account with Facebook. 5-10 minutes should be all it takes to complete the signup.
Hinge’s signup process is a step-by-step process, which makes it very simple. You have to verify your phone number if you sign up with a mobile number, and uploading six photos is compulsory for all users.
More people are using OkCupid than Hinge. Hinge has 5 million users all over the world and 500 thousand in the US. Every day about 90 thousand people go on the platform to find love. OkCupid has 10 million users in the United States and 50 million worldwide. They have 1 million more daily logins than Hinge.
Ease of Use
OkCupid is well designed. It embraces simplicity in the way it has set up its design and organized its features. Its use of blue and pink color is eye-catching. When using the swipe-based mechanism for finding matches on OkCupid, you are shown a thumbnail of the next person, a design principle that helps you save your likes on a free account.
Hinge didn’t always look great, but its interface underwent massive improvements after the acquisition by The Match Group. Its design is cleaner and will appeal to a younger demographic. All of Hinge’s functions are accessible through its main interface.
OkCupid has been around longer than Hinge has, so it would win if this were based solely on metrics. However, in its short period of existence, Hinge has been very successful. It is an app worth giving a try.
A-List Basic Subscription
- 1 Month: 7.95 USD
- 3 Months: 19.05 USD
- 6 Months: 23.70 USD
A-List Premium Subscription
- 1 Month: 24.90 USD
- 3 Months: 68.70 USD
- 6 Months: 119.40 USD
- 1 Credit: 1.99 USD
- 5 Credits: 9.45 USD
- 10 Credits: 16.90 USD
- 1 Month: 9.99 USD
- 3 Months: 20.97 USD
- 6 Months: 29.94 USD
Pros and Cons
- It has a user base of many people seeking serious dating relationships
- Conversations and matches never expire
- Search filter options in the free-tier are minimal
- It has a smaller user base.
- Easy signup process
- Low-cost subscription plans
- A lower percentage of serious-minded singles
- OkCupid has a bad reputation for having lots of fake accounts
One gets the sense that Hinge is doing its best at avoiding the ‘hookup app’ tag. OkCupid almost devolved into the superficial realm once before they made an effort to ensure that did not happen. A prominent American politician Pete Buttigieg revealed he met his husband on Hinge.
Hinge once got more mentions than any other dating app in the New York Time’s Wedding section. Even though OkCupid is better at everything right now and Hinge is the little guy of this article, it shouldn’t be tossed aside because it looks on the right path to being an excellent dating service provider.