Like Bumble, women have the power to send the first message, and they can do it anonymously until they feel comfortable unveiling their identity.But on Lulu, women also can rate boyfriends, exes and acquaintances — anonymously.
And women have been subjected to hostile, lewd and harassing comments on popular dating apps, like Tinder and Ok Cupid, which have been created by largely male teams.
Female entrepreneurs have seen an opening, and several dating apps have been created by women — for women.
Women also can get their friends to weigh in, forwarding a man’s profile to get their take.
Friends can sign on as “wingwomen” without a public profile.
Whether they’ll be hugely successful remains to be seen.
Coffee Meets Bagel claims 100,000 to 500,000 users and has attracted .8 million in funding.Shelve the roses and chocolate, and bust out your smartphone—if you haven’t already that is.Online dating has been around for several years, but thanks in part to mobile dating apps, it is exploding.Others, like Bumble, which launched late 2014, are newcomers on the market.And as for whether they’re better routes for finding love and companionship, that is an open question.One in ten American adults has dabbled in online dating, according to Pew Research Center, and it’s poised to become a billion industry.