It's a sound approach, especially for online dating newbies: meeting someone is less intimidating and feels more organic this way, but you can still get to know people you otherwise might not have met.
Plus, there's a bit of extra security knowing you're talking to a 'real person': Hinge gives you plenty of details about your potential date in advance (full name, work, education, mutual friends), profiles are validated, and you could even contact your mutual acquaintance to get the lowdown on someone.
Instead it only lets you match with people who share your mutual friends - and it shows you a new ‘batch’ of users every day.
As the internet plays an ever greater part in our social lives, with sites such as Facebook helping us to keep in touch with our friends, it's inevitable that we also use it to help us run our love lives as well.
The bonus is that users can fill in a lot of information about themselves, so you can tell who's after casual sex and who wants more.
A possible drawback could be a limited number of users – those figures aren’t available online - but it does look like a good app if music plays a significant part in your life and loves.
Cost: Free Unlike Tinder, Hinge doesn’t let you swipe through an unlimited number of potential matches.
Between matching with someone, completing the obligatory ''is this person a stalker?
' chat, and finally arranging to meet up, it's not uncommon for one or both parties to lose interest along the way.