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Are You Using the Best Dating App? Find Out Now!

Are You Using the Best Dating App? Find Out Now!

Dating apps make it easier than ever before for people to connect, which is why they are rising in popularity throughout the country. In fact, 15% of Americans have used online dating in general, and 9% have used dating apps on their cellphones, according to a Pew Research Study in 2016.

A particularly interesting finding from the Pew study was that the two demographics who have increased their dating app usage the most are those aged 18-24 and those aged 55-65. Although internet dating has been around a long time, neither of these two age groups previously had much use for it. But, dating apps are revolutionizing the way we meet people, and shifting attitudes toward online dating in general plays a role.

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How to Choose a Dating App

To find dating success through an online app, you need to choose the right app in the first place. Although it’s possible to have multiple profiles on many apps, it’s much easier to find the best dating app for you and focus your energy on one profile. But the app that’s right for me is not necessarily the app that’s right for you! Here are some features to look for when choosing a dating app.

Search Options

According to the World Bank, the adult population of the United States was 242,470,820 in 2014. If 15% of Americans have used dating apps, there are potentially over 36 million profiles for you to consider. The right dating app will have lots of search options so that you can narrow down that search. It’s important to know you’ll be able to search by sexual preference, gender, age, and geography. Added search options can also be very helpful, such as searching by religious beliefs or political leanings. Online dating is a great way to meet people from different areas of the world and different cultures than you; however, if you know what attributes you’d like your potential mate to have, you can save time by searching just for those traits. You could even meet a millionaire on a dating app like MillionaireMatch!

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“Friend” Dates

Dating apps have been adapted to fill a void that many people are having trouble filling in our age of digital connections: finding new people to make friends with. The same features that make it easy and exciting to meet new potential romantic connections can connect people who are just looking for new people to spend time with.

Social Media Means Real People

Apps like Tinder require users to connect their app profiles to their Facebook profiles, which means that people are more inclined to tell the truth and represent themselves in an honest way. After connecting with someone, you can check their Facebook profile to make sure they are who they say they are. Some users find this to be a downside because they’d rather browse more anonymously or because they fear the stigma attached to dating apps by some demographics. There are plenty of options for apps that don’t require social media connections. But, if you are concerned about safety, this feature can relieve your anxiety.

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GPS Capabilities

Dating apps with GPS features such as OkCupid are becoming more popular. These programs connect you with other users based on your GPS locations, alerting you to other users nearby. This means that users who are uncomfortable sparking up a conversation in a chatroom can have real-life interactions instead.

Dating Apps for Everybody

Usage of dating apps is on the rise. Pew reported a tripling in the use of dating apps by young people, which is a sign of changing attitudes about dating apps. If you’re ready to get started, the last piece of information to look at before choosing which dating app is right for you is this SurveyMonkey Intelligence Page. Here, dating apps have been broken down by where they’re most popular and which demographic groups are using them the most. For example, Bumble and Tinder are more popular with young people, while First Meet and Zoosk are more popular with older crowds.

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Keep these factors in mind, and you will be able to decide which dating app is right for you. Whether you choose to use the app to find your future spouse, your next date, or even your best friend, dating apps are a lot of fun and help you meet people you probably would have never met before the app.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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