SOURCE: Consumer Reports "It's clear that online dating websites play a major role in the lives of many consumers — we invest a tremendous amount of time, money and emotional energy.It really is a consumer issue worthy of our attention." said Margot Gilman, money editor for Consumer Reports.That sort of surprised me, because it's not one my friends use as much as Tinder or Hinge, but it's obviously getting a lot of use in other circles. Washington and Oregon searched for Maple Match — a dating app to help you find Canadians — the most.Whether it's just because of their proximity to the border or because of the new presidency, it's hard to tell. Maybe it's because in big cities there are so many missed connections every day (and because we're all too lazy to travel more than three neighborhoods for a date), but Happn, which matches you with people you cross paths with, was the most popular search among New Yorkers.The stigma that was once attached to online dating has well and truly disappeared – in fact, you’re more likely to raise eyebrows if you’re single and not on any dating apps.Recent years have seen an explosion of dating apps, and there seem to be incredibly niche ones launching every day. For some people, swiping through fellow singles and potential romantic partners is merely a bit of fun and a way to entertain themselves during TV ad breaks.If you wear glasses or are into people who do, try Spex, for example. But whether you’re after a meaningful relationship or just some casual dates, there’s an almost overwhelming number of dating apps from which to choose nowadays.
It’s super quick to join – you simply upload some photos and an optional bio, set your age and distance preferences, and away you go, swiping left or right on potential suitors.
And it's not always the ones you think — in fact, a relative underdog called Maple Match is getting some real love, but more on that later. Partially just for curiosity's sake, but also because it'll show you where to meet singles in your state.
Now, it has its limits (just because Grindr is the most popular searched for app in Maine and California doesn't mean it's going to work for you if you're a straight woman), but you can still get a good idea of where to find folks.
In fact, technology company Quantcast looked at over 480,000 searches from January 6, 2017 - February 5, 2017 to see what apps people are searching for and where they're using them for Bustle.
Different states seem to go for different apps, though, interestingly, there are some definitely clusters where certain dating apps are popular in a group of states.