You create a simple profile with a handful of photos and a few sentences about yourself, then throw yourself at the Internet's mercy. If you like one, swipe the photo to the right; otherwise, swipe to the left.
Dragon Fruit (Android, i OS) is a dating app aimed at the geeky set that helps break the ice by making sure you're matched with somebody who has similar interests as you.
Users set up a profile (complete with your own origin story) and fill out a geek index of your hobbies and fandoms, whether it's a TV show, video game, author or comic book.
And, of course, because you know friends in common, you're both more accountable and less likely to act like jerks when faced with the prospect of real world social blowback.
Aiming for quality over quantity, Coffee Meets Bagel (Android, i OS) brings you a single "bagel" every day: a curated match that shares mutual Facebook friends.
Thanks to mobile devices and location-sensing apps, however, the whole world has become your playground for dates, hookups and long-term relationships.
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You then have 24 hours to decide whether to like or to pass, with the app learning from your preferences.
If you both express interest, CMB then brings you together in a private chatroom where you can get to know each other or plan a date.
Tinder (Android, i OS) blazed the trail, set by Grindr, toward a world of swipe and scroll dating apps.
On its face Tinder encourages you to make shallow, snap judgments about potential partners.
Profile creation is a fairly minimal experience, focusing on a profile pic, user name, and a few simple questions, and choosing a "Tribe" that describes your type, and then you're up finding other users and chatting them up in minutes.