ProxiDating was the first dating app to use Bluetooth. Webdate and Lavalife soon followed in 2004. These sites were known as mobile dating. Mobile dating soon evolved into today’s dating apps which have lost the stigma that was first associated with them. The dating apps available today have similar advantages. One advantage that they all share is they are fast and efficient. The profiles are short, and the apps are easy to navigate. Most dating apps only allow contact from people who have expressed interested in each other. These advantages are just a few offered by modern dating apps.
In recent Pew Research Center studies, it was found that 15% of United States adults have used some form of a dating app and 5% of people in a committed long-term relationship or marriage say they met online. These statistics are good news for 27-year-old Whitney Wolfe who is the founder and CEO of the dating app, Bumble. Bumble was introduced in December 2014. This dating app is clearly different from other apps in that the woman initiates the first contact protecting the woman from unwanted advances from males.
Wolfe was also a co-founder of Tinder which is another popular dating app. She gave the app its familiar name. She left Tinder in 2014 with a sexual harassment grievance which was settled out of court. Soon after, she started Bumble. Bumble keeps Wolfe busy with its 7 million users. Some users call Bumble the ‘feminist Tinder.’ Wolfe enjoys the title of the feminist Tinder for her app saying it is 100% feminist.
Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Wolfe is far from home with her head office in Austin, Texas. Bumble also has headquarters in London and Los Angeles. Many of her peers call her the queen of dating apps and if the success of Bumble is any indication she truly is the queen.