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The Top 10 Dating Apps That You Won’t Regret Downloading

The Top 10 Dating Apps That You Won’t Regret Downloading

Online dating is getting much more popular these days and now, plenty hard to avoid. Since Tinder and the wave of new apps that are coming out at a seemingly constant rate, it is becoming that much more popular to meet someone online.

So we have put together the top 10  dating apps that you should be ready  to download in 2015.

10. Tangle

Basically a newer version of Missed Connections Craigslist, it matches you with people you walk by who are on the same app, and then if you both like each other, you can contact each other. It’s as simple and fun as Tinder, once you happen to walk by someone you actually like.

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    9. The Dating Ring

    This one is a professional matchmaking service that takes you out of the dating situation. For the more busy daters out there, it’s a great resource, as they seem to take the work out if to for you and you can then relax and get set up on dates as opposed to doing the research up front.

    The price is per date or monthly subscription.

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      8. Ok Cupid

      A traditional site, but also an oldie and a goodie. Although you can be swarmed with many creeper messages, there are still a handful of quality users on the site that can make all the bad ones seem so much less important.

      You can search for people based on your preferences, get a match of the day, and see who is online. OkCupid also offers in-person single event mixers, which are a great way to actually get out of the house and date more, once you’re ready.

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        7. The Grade

        This new app measures you as an eligible date based on a grade. It grades on a scale of A to F, based on things like your messages and pictures.

        It’s a great way to weed out the creeper messages that women tend to get more, but also promotes better online dating behavior and not hiding behind a profile.

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          6. Siren

          Siren is a Q&A platform and based on the answers to the questions the women asks, she can then control who can see them in the app. It also features a question of the day, to which users can answer and see each other’s answers to generate conversations.

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          Finally, for women, there’s the feature of a “siren call,” which allows for an announcement to basically call out to all the gentlemen in the app.  It’s a unique app, but the whole idea of submitting questions before you see the female user behind the question is not the best motivation to keep playing if your matches end up being someone you are attracted too.

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            5. Coffee Meets Bagel

            Here, you get a ‘bagel’ match a day based on your personal preferences. If you both end up liking each other, a private chat is set up that expires after a week.

            Coffee Meet Bagel lets you focus on one match a day as opposed to many many matches to sift through. Although it isn’t as high frequency as Tinder, for example, it is typically for more serious daters and people generally seem more engaged on the app.

            There are less things to worry about and no more multitasking!

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              4. Tinder

              The one that inspired and started making online dating cooler. Swipe right to like a profile, swipe left to pass.

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              And should you choose, you can connect with the users that only swipe right. Yes, Tinder can feature many creepy users and people only looking for hook ups, but it’s fun, easy and addicting to use.

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                3. Bumble

                A women-centric new app that launched this past Fall, Bumble is similar to the Tinder format except that women need to make the first move 24 hours after a match is made or the connection disappears forever.

                So far a great app with a good design, and since it launched internationally, you can end up matching with someone across the country. A great way to filter through the empty swipes and bots.

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                  2. Hinge

                  Less random than Tinder, Hinge users only get matched with friends of friends, which seems like a safer and cooler way to match than with random people. It also limits the amount of matches you get per day based on your network, which weeds out the many bots that are becoming ever so normal on Tinder.

                  You also get to see a match’s education and work upfront. Then, you rate the match and the app sends you an introduction if it’s mutual.

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                    1. The Catch

                    Finally, something different than the Tinder wanna-be instant swipe. The Catch appears as a cross between “The Bachelorette” and “The Dating Game.”

                    Women are in the driving seat where they invite a group of men to play a Q&A game and narrow down the men contestants based on the guys’ answers. The combination of online gaming mechanics and the ‘thrill-of-the-chase’ attraction of real world dating provide a fundamentally more fun and entertaining way to find a match online.

                    And what’s more, men don’t need to spend hours and hours sorting through profiles and messaging women who don’t reply back. Instead, here they are invited to a game and get daily engagement that isn’t the old “swipe,” while women get to ask questions they care about the answers to, as opposed to a stock questionnaire.

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                      How to Give Constructive Feedback in the Workplace

                      How to Give Constructive Feedback in the Workplace

                      We all crave constructive feedback. We want to know not just what we’re doing well but also what we could be doing better.

                      However, giving and getting constructive feedback isn’t just some feel-good exercise. In the workplace, it’s part and parcel of how companies grow.

                      Let’s take a closer look.

                      Why Constructive Feedback Is Critical

                      A culture of feedback benefits individuals on a team and the team itself. Constructive feedback has the following effects:

                      Builds Workers’ Skills

                      Think about the last time you made a mistake. Did you come away from it feeling attacked—a key marker of destructive feedback—or did you feel like you learned something new?

                      Every time a team member learns something, they become more valuable to the business. The range of tasks they can tackle increases. Over time, they make fewer mistakes, require less supervision, and become more willing to ask for help.

                      Boosts Employee Loyalty

                      Constructive feedback is a two-way street. Employees want to receive it, but they also want the feedback they give to be taken seriously.

                      If employees see their constructive feedback ignored, they may take it to mean they aren’t a valued part of the team. Nine in ten employees say they’d be more likely to stick with a company that takes and acts on their feedback.[1]

                      Strengthens Team Bonds

                      Without trust, teams cannot function. Constructive feedback builds trust because it shows that the giver of the feedback cares about the success of the recipient.

                      However, for constructive feedback to work its magic, both sides have to assume good intentions. Those giving the feedback must genuinely want to help, and those getting it has to assume that the goal is to build them up rather than to tear them down.

                      Promotes Mentorship

                      There’s nothing wrong with a single round of constructive feedback. But when it really makes a difference is when it’s repeated—continuous, constructive feedback is the bread and butter of mentorship.

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                      Be the change you want to see on your team. Give constructive feedback often and authentically, and others will naturally start to see you as a mentor.

                      Clearly, constructive feedback is something most teams could use more of. But how do you actually give it?

                      How to Give Constructive Feedback

                      Giving constructive feedback is tricky. Get it wrong, and your message might fall on deaf ears. Get it really wrong, and you could sow distrust or create tension across the entire team.

                      Here are ways to give constructive feedback properly:

                      1. Listen First

                      Often, what you perceive as a mistake is a decision someone made for a good reason. Listening is the key to effective communication.

                      Seek to understand: how did the other person arrive at her choice or action?

                      You could say:

                      • “Help me understand your thought process.”
                      • “What led you to take that step?”
                      • “What’s your perspective?”

                      2. Lead With a Compliment

                      In school, you might have heard it called the “sandwich method”: Before (and ideally, after) giving difficult feedback, share a compliment. That signals to the recipient that you value their work.

                      You could say:

                      • “Great design. Can we see it with a different font?”
                      • “Good thinking. What if we tried this?”

                      3. Address the Wider Team

                      Sometimes, constructive feedback is best given indirectly. If your comment could benefit others on the team, or if the person whom you’re really speaking to might take it the wrong way, try communicating your feedback in a group setting.

                      You could say:

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                      • “Let’s think through this together.”
                      • “I want everyone to see . . .”

                      4. Ask How You Can Help

                      When you’re on a team, you’re all in it together. When a mistake happens, you have to realize that everyone—not just the person who made it—has a role in fixing it. Give constructive feedback in a way that recognizes this dynamic.

                      You could say:

                      • “What can I do to support you?”
                      • “How can I make your life easier?
                      • “Is there something I could do better?”

                      5. Give Examples

                      To be useful, constructive feedback needs to be concrete. Illustrate your advice by pointing to an ideal.

                      What should the end result look like? Who has the process down pat?

                      You could say:

                      • “I wanted to show you . . .”
                      • “This is what I’d like yours to look like.”
                      • “This is a perfect example.”
                      • “My ideal is . . .”

                      6. Be Empathetic

                      Even when there’s trust in a team, mistakes can be embarrassing. Lessons can be hard to swallow. Constructive feedback is more likely to be taken to heart when it’s accompanied by empathy.

                      You could say:

                      • “I know it’s hard to hear.”
                      • “I understand.”
                      • “I’m sorry.”

                      7. Smile

                      Management consultancies like Credera teach that communication is a combination of the content, delivery, and presentation.[2] When giving constructive feedback, make sure your body language is as positive as your message. Your smile is one of your best tools for getting constructive feedback to connect.

                      8. Be Grateful

                      When you’re frustrated about a mistake, it can be tough to see the silver lining. But you don’t have to look that hard. Every constructive feedback session is a chance for the team to get better and grow closer.

                      You could say:

                      • “I’m glad you brought this up.”
                      • “We all learned an important lesson.”
                      • “I love improving as a team.”

                      9. Avoid Accusations

                      Giving tough feedback without losing your cool is one of the toughest parts of working with others. Great leaders and project managers get upset at the mistake, not the person who made it.[3]

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                      You could say:

                      • “We all make mistakes.”
                      • “I know you did your best.”
                      • “I don’t hold it against you.”

                      10. Take Responsibility

                      More often than not, mistakes are made because of miscommunications Recognize your own role in them.

                      Could you have been clearer in your directions? Did you set the other person up for success?

                      You could say:

                      • “I should have . . .”
                      • “Next time, I’ll . . .”

                      11. Time it Right

                      Constructive feedback shouldn’t catch people off guard. Don’t give it while everyone is packing up to leave work. Don’t interrupt a good lunch conversation.

                      If in doubt, ask the person to whom you’re giving feedback to schedule the session themselves. Encourage them to choose a time when they’ll be able to focus on the conversation rather than their next task.

                      12. Use Their Name

                      When you hear your name, your ears naturally perk up. Use that when giving constructive feedback. Just remember that constructive feedback should be personalized, not personal.

                      You could say:

                      • “Bob, I wanted to chat through . . .”
                      • “Does that make sense, Jesse?”

                      13. Suggest, Don’t Order

                      When you give constructive feedback, it’s important not to be adversarial. The very act of giving feedback recognizes that the person who made the mistake had a choice—and when the situation comes up again, they’ll be able to choose differently.

                      You could say:

                      • “Next time, I suggest . . .”
                      • “Try it this way.”
                      • “Are you on board with that?”

                      14. Be Brief

                      Even when given empathetically, constructive feedback can be uncomfortable to receive. Get your message across, make sure there are no hard feelings, and move on.

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                      One exception? If the feedback isn’t understood, make clear that you have plenty of time for questions. Rushing through what’s clearly an open conversation is disrespectful and discouraging.

                      15. Follow Up

                      Not all lessons are learned immediately. After giving a member of your team constructive feedback, follow it up with an email. Make sure you’re just as respectful and helpful in your written feedback as you are on your verbal communication.

                      You could say:

                      • “I wanted to recap . . .”
                      • “Thanks for chatting with me about . . .”
                      • “Did that make sense?”

                      16. Expect Improvement

                      Although you should always deliver constructive feedback in a supportive manner, you should also expect to see it implemented. If it’s a long-term issue, set milestones.

                      By what date would you like to see what sort of improvement? How will you measure that improvement?

                      You could say:

                      • “I’d like to see you . . .”
                      • “Let’s check back in after . . .”
                      • “I’m expecting you to . . .”
                      • “Let’s make a dent in that by . . .”

                      17. Give Second Chances

                      Giving feedback, no matter how constructive, is a waste of time if you don’t provide an opportunity to implement it. Don’t set up a “gotcha” moment, but do tap the recipient of your feedback next time a similar task comes up.

                      You could say:

                      • “I know you’ll rock it next time.”
                      • “I’d love to see you try again.”
                      • “Let’s give it another go.”

                      Final Thoughts

                      Constructive feedback is not an easy nut to crack. If you don’t give it well, then maybe it’s time to get some. Never be afraid to ask.

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