Entering the dating world is like diving into the ocean wearing a suit made of raw meat. You want to see the beautiful and colorful fishes, but at the same time, you know you’re going to attract the sharks: hungry sharks who will rip you into shreds the first chance they get!
Okay, maybe the dating world isn’t that graphic, but you get my drift…right?
There are many outlets today to help us single people: speed dating and single mingle events, blind dates, introductions through mutual friends, and of course, dating apps.
I admit: I am a proud member of a few dating apps. Does that make me sound crazy? Probably, and I’ll take that label with pride!
The apps I have definitely differ from each other in ways both good and bad. Just like in life, there are always going to be ups and downs, ins and outs, and “why” and “seriously?”
The app I will be reviewing and talking about today is called Badoo.
Badoo is a free app which not only has 50 million downloads from iPhone and Android users, but it also is one of the many easier apps because it connects straight to your Facebook and takes the information from there to fill out those pesky “About Me” sections. There is also a site you can log into on a computer if you aren’t in the mood to download the app.
The app asks you to choose one of three purposes when creating your profile: “Chatting,” “Finding Friends,” or “Dating.” But unlike Grindr, this app isn’t only for homosexual men.
So Who’s It For?
Badoo helps everyone who’s anyone in their search for Mr. or Ms. Right.
This approach is great, but at the same time difficult when you’re swiping through profiles and end up liking one guy, only to find out he’s straight. Da da dum!
There isn’t a search filter to look for the preference you are seeking. If you are a gay man, they’ll show you only men.
Straight, gay, bisexual, or open minded!
How Does It Work?
Just like Tinder, you get to swipe left or right on a person’s profile via the “Encounters” section, notice how I said profile and not picture.
This app lets you see all their pictures as well as read their profiles. Of course, you will receive likes and be notified with a blurry picture of that user. In order to see a clearer image of those who like you, you have to pay for that service. Instead, I make a game out of who likes me and search for them in the “Encounters” section. It isn’t hard to find someone if the person was wearing a blue skirt in the blurry image.
By the way, the people who like you will always appear in the “Encounters” section.
When you match with a user, you will receive a message telling you, so you can wait until they message you first or take the initiative to message them first. In my opinion, guys who make the first move score more points.
The great part about the message feature is you will see if the message was delivered and when they read it, so you can know if they are ignoring you (cue knife sharpening noises).
This task comes in multiple forms: you can upload from Instagram, Facebook, your phone, or take one on the spot. Either way it will upload on the app.
Unlike OkCupid, there isn’t a limit as to how many pictures you can upload.
I know what you’re thinking, and yes, you can upload those naughty pictures. Any kind of x-rated picture will be sent automatically to the “Private Pictures” folder. This folder is closed until a user requests to see the contents inside, and you can either select: “Yes you can see them” or “No, now go away!”
Even if you don’t upload pictures that would make your mom blush, the system which checks through them can confuse a simple shirtless pic with something vulgar and automatically send it to the “Private Pictures” folder.
What Type of People are on Here?
This question is tricky to answer because you encounter everyone.
Yes! You will find that one person who wants a hookup, and then when you say, “No, thank you. I’m not here for that,” they ask you, “Why?” over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.
Yes! You will chat with an amazing person who sounds sweet, is super cute, but then turns out to be annoyingly overly attached.
Then of course there are those who want to see you for coffee…at their place!
These people aren’t just online. They’re just like those annoying Hoverboards and sagging pants, EVERYWHERE!
So is This App Worth It?
In my opinion Yes! Have I met any sweet, kind hearted, family-orientated guys here? Yes! Did I go out on dates with them? YES! Although I’m still single it had nothing to do with the app: I just felt most of them were better as friends.
The feature I have described are all free, and who knows if you will end up meeting that special someone. It doesn’t hurt to give it a try.
Alright my Pretties, this was my review of the dating app Badoo! I know maybe you were expecting a critical and sophisticated review by a Harvard graduate, but this is all me! My humor, my words, and my uniqueness all wrapped up to create a scrumptious and funny review sushi!
Until next time!
Now I’m in the mood for sushi.