Technology has made everything easier. From tracking our menstrual cycle to discovering the cheapest happy hours, everything is at our fingertips...literally.
We can even tap away on our phones to find a hot date. The days of sitting at a bar hoping a guy will notice us are over. We no longer have to wait for men to make the first move–not even on the dance floor. If you want to dance a smooth salsa or fast merengue with that hombre, just ask. If you want to expand your options and possibly meet your hot counterpart, log onto a dating app.
There are many to use that cater to all women, and some just for us, mujeres. Here are the best dating apps and sites for Latinas:
1. Dating Sites: HowAboutWe
HowAboutWe Go On a Date STAT
The purpose of HowAboutWe is to get members off-line and to meet face-to-face immediately. The way it works is simple and efficient. Once you have a profile set up, you post a date that you want to go on. It can be something as simple as "how about we go for drinks at The Roosevelt in Hollywood?" If a man is interested he emails you. If you're interested you set a date.
Easy. No muss, no fuss. HowAboutWe really is perfect for busy Latinas that juggle work and play, and for mujeres who just want to date and have fun. Not every woman logs on to dating apps to seek a committed relationship, and this is perfect for getting out there and going on dates.
2. Dating Sites: Zoosk
Zoosk Is for International Lovers
Zoosk has millions of users internationally. So, this dating app really does connect Latinas with men from diverse cultures. You can integrate the app with Facebook instead of typing in all your information. It's the easiest form of profile writing.
Connecting with people is pretty much the same as most dating apps. You send emails and winks. But, it is said that this dating app is more for meet ups and not long-term relationships. If you ever want to visit someone in France, say “bonjour!” to Zoosk.
3. Dating Sites: Amigos
Amigos Makes for Great Lovers
Amigos is a dating app that connects Latinos. With a membership of about 3 million, you can meet your papi chulo in no time. Signing up is easy as is contacting members. The caveat: you have to pay a membership fee.
A cool feature that Amigos has is their chat room. This is perfect for ladies who may be a bit shy. You may not feel comfortable virtually winking at a guy, or initiating an email. So, why not find him in a chat room and interact there? They also offer fun quizzes. Amigos really is a community for Latinos to meet, greet and maybe become more than friends.
4. Dating Sites: Tinder
Tinder Connections and Hook Ups
Tinder wants you to reach out and hug somebody. That's because it's a location-based service that matches you with partners that you find attractive in your area. It connects through your Facebook and shows if you have any friends in common (but don’t worry, it doesn’t post any information).Turn to the right and you might find yourself a hook up. Check out your friend’s friend and they may be your match on Tinder.
How does it work and is it for you? Quick, easy and that depends. Tinder sets members with potential matches. The profiles, however, say very little. If you’re not comfortable chatting with someone with limited info (just age, mostly) this may not be the dating app for you. If it is, you get your match and place a check mark if you are interested. If you both “check” each other, you’ll be able to chat. The interactions are quick. Men may just text a smiley face emoticon or a "let's hook up" instead of asking questions to get to know you. If you don't appreciate this type of communication, or are looking for more than fun, move on to the next...dating app.
5. Dating Sites: Match.com
Match.com and Their STIRring Events
Match.com is the go-to dating app to potentially find a serious match. They often boast about their success rates in commercials. And we’ve been to many weddings where couples logged on to Match.com and found their mate para siempre.
But is this app for you? It is if you enjoy connecting online as much as you enjoy going to events. Match has STIR events monthly in major cities. From happy hours to speed dating, the goal of STIR is for members to connect face-to-face. But it’s up to you. These events aren't mandatory. Match also sends members daily matches. You can peruse their profile on their dating app and send an email or wink.
6. Dating Sites: eHarmony
eHarmony is for Those With Patience
eHarmony is just as popular as Match, but the process is very different. With eHarmony, it is all about compatibility. Before you can even email someone, you have to answer a lengthy questionnaire right when you log on. And you just can't email anyone.
The way it works is that they send you a set of matches via the app. The matches depend on how you answered your questions. They check your answers like a maestra and use science to decide who is perfect for you.
If you're interested in their matches, you send them questions from a predetermined list of questions. Confused yet? How about impatient? If yes, eHarmony is not for you. If you like to take your time and are seeking a partner solely based on compatibility (and want to be in it for the long haul), eHarmony is perfect.
7. Dating Sites: Skout
Skout Your Next Hook Up
Skout is just a dating app and not a website. The app encourages members to meet people who are nearby. It uses GPS technology so you can literally chat and flirt with someone at the same bar. But, be warned! Skout has a reputation. They say most members are in their 20s. Also, members seek more casual affairs and not relationships. It seems to be a great dating app for hookups and nothing more. So, if that cutie at your local coffee shop that you’ve been eyeing is on Skout, send him a chat to meet you upstairs.
8. Dating Sites: Plenty of Fish
Plenty of Fish in the Virtual Sea
Get on Plenty of Fish, grab your bait and go fishing! It’s completely free to join (no catch). You can wink, email and search for members anywhere. Their email function is more like a chat. So, again, if you’d rather have a fuller email exchange, like on Match.com, this site may frustrate you.
The site also helps members find a match depending on the type of relationship they’re looking for. If you know what you want this is a good dating app to try. Maybe you want to hook up, get married, or just make new friends. Mark that box and only those who seek the same relationship can contact you.
9. Dating Sites: Swoon
Swoon! You’re Crushing on Me
If you’re creeped out by online dating why not Swoon to find love? Swoon is a free mobile dating app catering to women and their fear of dating online, especially on their phones. It is a lot like Tinder where users look through profiles linked to Facebook and either give a virtual thumbs up or down. If you both are interested you can then chat on the app. But, unlike Tinder, Swoon targets a more mature crowd. The median age is 27. Another positive is that this app is owned and created by women for women. So, chicas, they know what we like. And what your friends like.
That’s right! With Swoon, your friends can text you profiles to get your approval, and vice versa. This app is perfect for you and your core group of amigas who are single, grown and sexy, and ready to mingle.
10. Dating Sites: Ok Cupid
OK Cupid, Hit Me With Your Best Shot
OK Cupid is a lot like Plenty of Fish. They have quizzes that help match you based on personality. It is also a completely free site and has a user-friendly interface.
Who is it for? Anyone, really. OK Cupid has a great reputation. We know many couples that have met their match and are now happily married with children.
So, if you want to save money on membership and want a dating app that is easy to navigate, sign up. Hopefully the chubby bebe of love points his arrow right at ya.
Sujeiry Gonzalez is the Love Guru for Exitos 93.9FM, a relationship writer and author of Love Trips. Get her relationship advice daily on LoveSujeiry.com.