By Anthony Donatelli

Every year, millions of people are faced with the problem of spending Valentine’s Day alone. Some say they don’t mind it, but others really want to have a date on that special day.

With the help of new age technology, one of the quickest and most leisurely ways to find someone to spoil with chocolates and balloons this year is right there in the palm of your hands.

Time to introduce yourself to dating apps. They have become this generation’s new form of speed dating, as you read profiles and scroll through pictures in the comfort of your own home.

So before you succumb to being a lone wolf this Valentine’s Day, consider downloading these apps and let cupid lead you in the right direction:

The newest and arguably the most popular of the dating apps, Tinder can find you a valentine in a matter of swipes. Begin creating your profile by uploading a handful of photos and a few sentences about yourself. The app will then find singles in you area and easily lets you chose who you like and who you don’t. If you find them attractive, swipe right; otherwise, swipe left. If you and a match swipe right on each other, then you have the opportunity to exchange messages and may be one step closer to that Valentine’s date.

In what could be deemed as “old reliable” in the dating app world, OKCupid has a massive userbase and is extremely straightforward. The mobile app, which is available for both Android and iOS, allows users to make a profile, browse and rate profiles of people around you, chat with potential dates and the best part is it’s all for free! You can upgrade to a premium subscription, which adds other features to the app, but you will have to throw a couple bucks cupids way.

If you’re looking for a dating app that helps eliminate awkwardness, your search stops here. The comforting thing about Hinge is that it introduces you to people who you share mutual Facebook friends with. By doing this, they try to cut out the creep factor and give you a confidence boost by talking to someone you are more familiar with. Sign in with your Facebook account, answer your basic, informational questions and let the love flow in. Every day you’ll be provided with potential matches so if you download it right now, your odds will be looking good come Valentine’s Day!
There’s no doubt you could find on the Mount Rushmore of dating apps. One of the oldest and most respected of the mobile love sites, this is another free dating experience that allows you to engage in some online flirting. does have the feature of seeing who has viewed your profile and who has like your pictures, but it comes at a small cost. Whoever said money can’t buy love obviously didn’t upgrade their apps.

Just to get it out in the open, this app is not about Will Smith playing love doctor for you. Instead, it’s about your friends setting up matches for you. After logging in through your Facebook account, friends can match their friends together through built-in anonymous chat. Here’s the part where you’ll need your friend to spill the beans. Once you’re matched up, all you get to see of the other person is the age, gender of your match, the mutual acquaintance that matched you and a short message. Whether you’re looking for a valentine or want to find one for some one else, Hitch is the go to app.


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