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DOWN

We all have sent or accepted a friend request because of a nagging crush. While poking them feels a little too forward and directly messaging them carries unnecessary anxiety, DOWN lets you connect with your crush anonymously. According to the app's CEO, Colin Hodge: "We  the distinct advantage we offer our users is delivering the highest quality matches they will find through any dating product – with people they already know and have feelings for. While so many products match people with strangers or burn through matches that go nowhere fast, we offer users an opportunity to simply take some of the awkwardness out of approaching a crush."
DOWN
We all have sent or...
Pure

Pure's whole mantra is the less small talk, the better. Hell, skip the foreplay and get down to exactly what you set out to do installing the app: to get some.
Pure
Pure's whole mantra is...
Blendr

Meet the app the kids are calling "the straight Grindr." Let's hope you haven't forgotten those good 'ol AIM chatroom acronyms like S2R and P4P. 
Psst! Those mean send to receive and pic for pic, respectively.
Blendr
Meet the app the kids...
Hinge

Hinge is like the GILT Group of dating apps. Everyday at noon, a list of potential companions pooled from your friend or friend's network is sent to you. Then it takes the Tinder approach to connecting users by only matching those who mutually favorite one another. Hinge away.
Hinge
Hinge is like the GILT...
Skout

This dating app allows you to send gifts. Who doesn't like a gift? Plus, Skout allows users to shamelessly promote their profile to increase their chances of scoring a movie companion, or whatever it is they're looking for.
Skout
This dating app allows...
Swoon

Swoon is one of the prettiest and easiest dating apps out there. It functions similarly to Tinder, but with an interface that's so well-designed, you won't feel ashamed opening it up wherever you are.
Swoon
Swoon is one of the...
Sonar

Here's an app that foregoes the whole "how about we..." question and heads right for the answer. Check into the local gallery and watch your chances of a meet-cute rise. (Side note: Does it still count as a meet-cute if you made your location known to a sea of prospective dates?)
Sonar
Here's an app that...
Brenda

Gay, bi, and curious men have nicknamed Grindr as the Yellow Facebook. This is Brenda, the Purple Facebook made for women who like women.
Brenda
Gay, bi, and curious...
SCRUFF

Most dating apps allow you to filter your preferences; Scruff filters body hair. Word on the street has it pegged as the Grindr for Beardizers.
SCRUFF
Most dating apps allow...
ckapu1Age: 35
Location: Los Angeles, California
Why he caught our eye: Having grown up in Hawaii, you better believe this boy's all about laid-back style. The swimmer (he even tried out for the U.S. Olympic team!) is a hard worker and a real foodie. Oh, and one of his guilty pleasures is America's Next Top Model — start practicing that smize, fellas!Photo: Courtesy of OkCupid
ckapu1

Age: 35
Location: Los...
DremilAge: 26
Location: Los Angeles, California
Why he caught our eye: Sure, he may spend his Friday nights studying, but this guy's all about having fun, too. He's a dog lover who is on a quest to fuse folk music and gangsta rap, but we're thinking he should just stick to his tech program. Photo: Courtesy of OkCupid
Dremil

Age: 26
Location: Los...
japepyAge: 24
Location: Los Angeles, California
Why he caught our eye: When asked what he does on a typical Friday night, this dude responded with, "I try not to have typical nights." Talk about mysterious! He's also into Halloween-themed things like ghosts and scarecrows. We think his idea of a great date would be a haunted hayride followed by a spontaneous adventure!Photo: Courtesy of OkCupid
japepy

Age: 24
Location: Los...
JBlamAge: 24
Location: Los Angeles, California
Why he caught our eye: This start-up employee not only clocks in a 9-to-5, but he's also training to be a pilates instructor. He swears he likes to relax, even though his schedule seems super intense! Our tip: Take him to a rock-climbing gym on your first date — you'll have an experienced spotter waiting to catch you should you fall. Photo: Courtesy of OkCupid
JBlam

Age: 24
Location: Los...
ray617Age: 25
Location: Santa Monica, California
Why he caught our eye: He'd go gay for Ryan Gosling (what sane man wouldn't!), and is a Netflix junkie. We love that he's passionate about many things — like Santa Monica and scrambled eggs — in addition to movies. Photo: Courtesy of OkCupid
ray617

Age: 25
Location: Santa...
t_oskyAge: 28
Location: Los Angeles, California
Why he caught our eye: With his sights set on a Masters in Architecture from UCLA, this brainiac is all about balancing work and play. He's not only committed to class, but he's also a fan of cooking and dancing. Photo: Courtesy of OkCupid
t_osky

Age: 28
Location: Los...