About 30 percent of adults in the United States have, at one point or another, turned to a dating site or app on their quest for love, according to the Pew Research Center. Most of those love-seekers say using a dating app has generally been a positive experience, and 12 percent even end up in long-term relationships with someone they met online. But others’ experiences have only led to feelings of frustration, pessimism, and insecurity. To help you avoid becoming one of the latter, Best Life set out to uncover the worst dating app out there that you need to avoid.
To figure out which dating apps should be best avoided, we first compared four best-of lists. We used CNET’s list of “Best Dating Sites for 2021,” PC Mag’s “The Best Dating Apps for 2021,” Mashable’s guide to dating apps, and “The Best Dating Apps for 2021” by Digital Trends. These lists featured two apps, which we excluded: Facebook Dating because the social media platform doesn’t actually have a separate dating app, and Tastebuds, which is only available on iOS.
Once we established our list of 20 dating apps, we pulled together each one’s overall customer rating on both the Apple App store and Google Play store. We also factored in the app’s rating from review site Trustpilot, though a few apps had yet to be rated on the site.
We then gave each of these metrics a weighted value and plugged them into our exclusive algorithm to see how each app scored on our Dating App Disaster Index, a 100-point scale where 100 signifies the worst dating app and 0, the best. Read on to discover which ones to give a try and the ones you’ll want to avoid at all costs.