Dating gets more complicated when you’re an introverted person. Looking to meet people in bars, bookstores, classes, and other spots is tough when you’re not comfortable approaching strangers and starting conversations. Dating apps are meant to facilitate this, and they normally do, but they also demand for you to be proactive and to reach out to people who you’re interested in dating.
The following apps compiled by Mashable try to be as flexible as users want them to be, allowing them to avoid bars and loud places to hang out, initial awkward conversations, and providing them with the ability to meet someone that shares similar interests. Check out 5 of our favorites:
Related Story: Stalking Someone On Tinder Just Got Easier
This app is one of the most efficient than most dating apps out there, being less of a social media experience and more of a get your results as soon as possible sort of thing. Coffee Meets Bagel doesn’t allow you to swipe or browse, instead, the app sends you a match every day at noon based on your personal characteristics such as religion, height, ethnicity, and more.
Once a connection is made, the app allows you to chat and provides you with a few icebreakers, making everything much more simple. While CMB is a little business-like, it’s also an app that’s there to provide results and dating opportunities without making you go through the nerve wrecking experience of not knowing if someone is into you or not.
By filling out a Relationship Questionnaire, eharmony hopes to pair up singles who are looking for long term relationships based on their personality traits. Eharmony has very good security measures that erase all possibilities of catfishing, and it also has a system that allows you profile to be viewed only by people who are a good match for you, eliminating the process of discarding users because they’re not what you’re interested in.
This site is also a good option for introverts because it provides several ways of smoothing over the first interaction, such as providing ice breakers, free dating advice and other resources to make your dating process as smooth as possible.
Related Story: 5 Dating Apps Where You Can Meet Geeks And Nerds
This site is exclusively for those who are interested in serious relationships, looking for users who are over 30 years old, educated, and relatively affluent. The app works by sending you 3 to 7 matches a day based on your results from a questionnaire that measures your level of introversion, neuroticism, and more, hoping to match you up with people who are similar to you.
Match.com is one of the oldest dating services around, attracting all sorts of users from all ages and backgrounds. It’s also pretty relaxed, allowing people to use the site and connect with others as many times as they want to. Match.com is a good option for introverts because it allows them to browse through profiles incognito, not letting others know that they’re viewing their profile, and it also hosts meet up events where matches can meet in a much more relaxed environment.
Related Story: Tantra Speed Dating: What The Hell And Why Should I?
This app reminds me of the old internet, when people were wary of giving out their personal information and interacted with others anonymously. Animo is very different than most dating sites, allowing users to get a feel for others without revealing their private information.
At first, you’ll start off with an Avatar that resembles you and all your personal information will be blocked. You can play games and chat with users until you feel comfortable enough to reveal yourself and allow them to look at your profile. This app focuses more on casual friendships and hang outs than in long term relationships, but it’s one of the best options for users who are shy and value their privacy.