How to Survive Cuffing Season

This new crop of dating apps may just find you an S.O. before the new year.

By: Jodi Taylor

In true 2016 form, nowadays every other person is meeting their significant other by sliding in their DMs. Or by using one of the myriad dating apps out there. Long gone are the days of swapping numbers at the grocery store or bar. Now it’s about strategically choosing which dating app to put ourselves on because, let’s be real, we’ve tried our fair share of the good, the bad, and the downright ugly apps. With cuffing season right around the corner, we’re getting ready for hibernation with five dating apps that might actually give us a chance to lock someone down before the first epic snowfall.




Hinge believes that millennials are in the midst of a dating apocalypse. Their solution to this so-called end of days? Eliminating the swiping feature altogether, and matching users with friends of friends. Seems like a safe bet to us. Your first three months are free but then you’ll have to shell out $7/month.

Done with casual hookups? This might actually be the app for you. Here’s the gist: at noon every day, men get up to 21 potential matches (aka bagels) at random to swipe left or right on. Ladies then get a curated list of all their potential coffees (aka the men who’ve swiped right on them). Still following us? Good. Just like Bumble, the conversation is always in the ladies’ court.




More of a social network/dating app medley, HER is a community for LGBTQ women by LGBTQ women where members can connect, comment, share, and attend events nearby to meet their match IRL.




Raya: the app that has been referred to as Illuminati Tinder because, well, it’s meant for celebrities. It’s ultra-exclusive, meaning if you’re not part of the creative industry, or just really, really good-looking, you may not be accepted. Hey, we didn’t make up the rules. Once you’re in, you’ll have to commit to a one-, three-, or six-month membership if you dream of matching with Leonardo DiCaprio. It’s definitely still the most filtered dating app out there.




Forget about setting your mile radius—the way people show up on your timeline with Happn is if you *actually* cross paths with them in real life. Creepier still, the app will show you how many times you’ve crossed paths with said person. So if you’re into what you see, click the heart, and hope for a match. To mitigate the stalker aspect, know that your actual location will never be shown to anyone, only the approximate area that you were in.