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Will I Find My Catholic Match on a Mobile App like Tinder?

Last modified: July 18, 2019 Avatar for Chloe LangrBy Chloe Langr
Will I Find My Catholic Match on a Mobile App like Tinder?

If you’re thinking about looking for your Catholic match on a mobile app, thoughts about other dating apps may cross your mind.

Is it possible to find the love of your life on Tinder? Or should you just focus on putting together a profile on a Catholic, faith-based app?

Technology has changed the way we do a lot of things

From smartphones to artificial intelligence, technology has transformed our day to day lives. In my home, I’m setting kitchen timers and turning off my bedroom lights with an Amazon Alexa, all while communicating with friends on video calls and text messages. Our lives look much different than they did even ten years ago, and technology is evolving constantly!

Technology is also making incredible advancements in mental and physical health fields. Although it gets a bad rap, when technology is used in a healthy, balanced way, it can be a great benefit to our lives today.

Now technology can help you date!

Since technology affects everything from our housing and architecture to the way we read our medical charts, it makes sense that technology is impacting how we date, too. Now more than ever, it’s easy to find out more about the person you’re dating through social media. You can communicate and find your Catholic match on a mobile app from the comfort of your own home.

Today, it’s possible to meet an incredible amount of people thanks to technology.

17% of marriages in 2017 started online

It used to be that meeting someone online caused red flags to go up in people’s mind when they heard your love story. But today, meeting someone online is becoming more and more common.

In a survey conducted by the Knot, 19% of brides said that they met their spouse online. That’s an incredible jump up from the 5% of American couples who met online in 2015.

In fact, meeting someone online has passed up the more traditional ways of meeting people like through mutual friends, during the college years, or in the workplace. So if you’re turning to your laptop or smartphone in hopes of sparking a romance and starting your own love story, you’re not alone! You can find love and your Catholic match on a mobile app starting today!

40% of Americans use online dating

Thanks to the broad range of dating apps out there on the web today, it’s common to use a singles app to meet someone new.

Today, there are 40 million Americans logging on to online dating websites. They’re not just all millennials, either. Online dating app users range from young to old.

According to a survey from eHarmony, 27% of young adults say that they use an online dating app, which is up from 10% of young adults who logged onto their dating profile in 2013.

If you’re in the age range of 55-64 years old, you may be among the 6% increase of people using dating websites in your age bracket.

Should I use a Catholic faith-based or non-faith mobile app?

So if you’re open to the idea of finding love through your smart phone, should you put together a profile on a Catholic app (hint: Catholic Singles has an online dating app), or download a more common, secular app? We’ll dig into both options, but it’s good to know that any app you choose will offer pros and cons.

Benefits of a Catholic faith-based dating mobile app

Looking for someone to share your life with, a great Catholic match on a mobile app? Catholic, faith-based dating apps are a great place to start. Here are a few reasons why it’s worth your while to put yourself out there on a Catholic dating app.

Focused on your faith

While a secular singles app may encourage you to fill out a profile and answer questions about your sexual history or past relationships, Catholic apps are asking their users different questions. If you create a profile on a Catholic dating app, you’ll more than likely answer questions about your faith life, where you stand when it comes to core Catholic teachings, and what role faith plays in your every day life.

Connects you to potential matches of the same faith

Singles logging onto a Catholic, faith-based app are more than likely looking for a specifically for a Catholic match on a mobile app. After all, if they were wanting to date someone outside their faith profile, wouldn’t they set up a profile on a secular app?

A chance to meet someone with the same values

Sure, it’s possible to meet a great Catholic match on a secular dating app, but your chances of a fellow Catholic sky-rocket when you log into find your Catholic match on a mobile dating app.

Focused on deeper values and not just appearances

Tinder encourages their users to swipe left or right based on their first impression of a match. Let’s be honest, a lot of that swiping relies on your first impressions of someone’s physical appearance. While you’ll still have to fight the temptation of seeing online dating profiles as a catalog of potential matches, it’s easier to see your Catholic match on a mobile dating app focused on faith life.

Instead of making decisions and judgement based on someone’s profile picture, you’ll be encouraged to look deeper into their thoughts on values and big subjects. This isn’t to say that physical attraction isn’t important, but it’s always good practice to see someone for who they are as a child of God and not just make a swipe decision based on their picture.

Provides a healthy environment for people to share their values

Secular dating apps like tinder have a reputation for being known as a “hook-up app”, where a majority of users are looking for a quick, “no strings attached” one night stand. This isn’t to say that every single user on a Catholic dating app has good intentions in mind, but Catholic apps provide a good environment for people to share their values and discuss deep, meaningful relationships.

Looking for a “friend with benefits” causes us to lose both friendship and benefits. But if you’re looking for your Catholic match on a mobile app, faith-based dating apps are a great place to start if you’re looking for more than what the world has to offer when it comes to dating.

Benefits of using non-faith mobile apps

When I was dating in college, I put my profile up on both a Catholic dating website, and downloaded a more popular, secular app, too. Even though I met my husband offline and didn’t end up finding my Catholic match on a mobile app, I can speak to the pros and cons of all the different apps out there. Although they’re missing that faith element, there are some benefits to creating a profile on a non-faith based mobile app.

Larger user-base

Right of the bat, I realized that there were much more men available to meet on a secular dating app. To top it off, many of them were closer to me geographically, something I struggled to find with my search for a Catholic match on a mobile, faith-based app.

The chance of meeting diverse people

The guys who messaged me on the secular dating app (and the guys who I sent messages to!) came from all types of backgrounds. Some were from small farming communities a few miles down the road, while others were from larger cities. Some of the guys were looking for a serious relationship, and others just wanted one night of fun.

For the most part, the men that I talked to on the secular dating app were open about what they were looking for in a relationship. Although I never met anyone for a first date, it was great to see such a diverse crowd of guys looking for love on the app I chose to set up a profile on. If you’re honest with the other users, it’s for sure possible to find your Catholic match on a mobile, secular dating app.

Lots of choices when it comes to different apps

If you’re looking to meet your Catholic match on a mobile app, there aren’t many specifically Catholic app options out there. But there are many more options if you turn towards secular apps. Many of the apps provide personality tests and algorithms to help you find a match.

Popular online dating apps include Tinder (which launched in 2012), OkCupid, Coffee Meets Bagel, Hinge, Candidate, Match.com, and Bumble. Every non-faith based dating app offers a unique approach to online dating.

For instance, on Bumble, women have to send the first message to get a conversation going. On Coffee Meets Bagel, the app limits the amount of people you can interact with on a daily basis and offers unique ice-breaker information when you view someone’s profile.

So, which is better for you?

With all the options available, how do you choose between finding your Catholic match on a mobile faith-based dating app versus a non-faith based dating app? If you go the secular app route, how do you narrow things down between all the app options out there?

It’s definetly possible to meet a Catholic match on a mobile, non-faith based dating app. But if you’re looking to specifically meet a Catholic match on a mobile app who shares your faith and values, Tinder or Bumble may not make that search incredibly easy. If you want to find someone who shares your faith values, be honest about that in your dating profile (whether it’s on a faith-based or secular app!).

Whichever app you decide to download and create a profile on, remember to reject a catalog-browsing mentality. The profiles you browse through are actual people, even though technology has conditioned us to dehumanize those we interact with online.

Looking to meet your Catholic match on a mobile, Catholic dating app? Check out our faith-based dating app today!

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Chloe Langr is a very short stay-at-home-wife, whose growth has probably been stunted by the inhumane amounts of coffee she regularly consumes. When she is not buried in a growing stack of books, she can be found spending time with her husband, geeking out over Theology of the Body, or podcasting. You can find more about her on her blog "Old Fashioned Girl."

    Michael
    13 Nov 2018
    6:18pm

    Thanks for the article Chloe. It serves as a good primer. Still, I’m not sure it does much of a service for people without sharing the shortcomings of even Catholic dating apps.

    Suggesting that all members on a Catholic dating site share the same values and beliefs is a bit narrow at best. Time and again there are people who are separated, not divorced, and others not eligible for marriage seeking to be in a relationship. Mass attendance monthly? ! There are seven core questions of our Catholic faith that are frequently ignored, misunderstood and even rejected by those stating they are Catholic. According to a few forums, many of the women were very indignant when confronted with this intellectual dishonesty. None of this supports shared values and beliefs.

    Second, there is a dynamic that women in particular should reconsider and that is distance. Statistically most people want to meet and date within 30 to 50 miles. While this is less of an issue in densely populated metropolitan cities, I believe it has a lot to do with expectations, convenience and frequency.

    Many people returning to the dating scene after a 20-year absence are seeking comfort over finding a relationship with a Godly spouse. It’s just not very realistic without expanding your search, your time, and your investment. A longer distance for a Catholic relationship leading to marriage should be expected by the discriminating.

    Lastly, all dating apps should remove profiles with no activity after 90 days. They could always be reactivated but showing hundreds of inactive profiles is equivalent to lying. Many of the individuals have not been on there for 2 and 3 years.

    I have concluded that I would rather have the opportunity to engage with active thoughtful Christian women passionate about truth than a lukewarm Catholic who won’t respond to emails. In the end, sharing a devotion to Christ is more likely to lead them to a Catholic marriage and build the Church. Isn’t this what we are all called to do?

    Mary Dana Noonan
    10 Feb 2020
    3:18pm

    You mentioned a Beetle song…it’s Beatle😉

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