These days when people talk about internet dating, they're usually talking about Tinder. Because Tinder is the app that removed the stigma and all the rest put in, by turning online romance into silly, shallow, fun game instead of purporting to be a serious (read: tragic) way to find true love.The result is that there is now no end of apps with the same purpose.Here, we take the biggest alternatives to Tinder and give them a spin to find out what (if anything) they do different, and whether they're worth spending even more time glued to your i Phone.

Pros: There is a strange thrill in being able to 'swipe' that acquaintance you've always fancied, asking them for a date (up) or telling them you want to sleep with them (down). Cons: It pulls in every single woman who happens to be your friend on Facebook, even if they haven't joined Down yet (your cowardly come on will be waiting for them if they ever do), making it rather pointless.erdict: The more you think about it, the less sense Down makes.

Isn't the whole point of internet dating that you can meet someone new?

This hook up app for friends (and friends of friends) is the equivalent of passing 'I Like You' notes in class.

The USP: Hook up with the people you walk past on the street.

Verdict: One of the most effective – and convenient – dating apps out there. Cons: It's all a little too close to home: what's to stop her feeding your dating tekkers back to your pal?

It could make future beers with your mates a little awkward.

Verdict: This app allows you to eliminate the middleman.

Pros: Once you get over the slight stalker complex Happn instils on you by showing women who walked past your front door an hour ago, matching with users within a 250 meter radius is atually quite handy.

Chances are you live or work in the same area, so arranging a date becomes a lot simpler.