Others 11 With data provided exclusively to the BBC by analytics company App Annie, it is also possible to tell the story of the apps behind the phenomenon. Looking at 50 of the world's biggest app markets, two names dominated in Nearly a decade after it launched, Badoo had the top dating app in 21 countries. Tinder was the most downloaded dating app in 18 countries and came a close second to Badoo in many others.
Europe There is fierce competition between the two biggest apps here. Tinder dominates northern countries; Badoo is top in the east and south. In German-speaking countries, Lovoo - developed in the city of Dresden - is number one.
If there's no chemistry, there's no chemistry Andy, 45, London Andy, 45, from Scotland, lives in London and has been married and divorced twice. He has a year-old daughter from his first marriage. He's been using Tinder for several years. Everyone else on the app is doing exactly the same thing. At the meeting, it's instantly recognisable that neither of you can live up to the expectations and you part company. The fallout is the trip home, where you feel crushed and defeated and you know you're going back to square one to start the whole process again.
Andy's "rollercoaster ride" Duration: The whole process is very addictive, but it's very soul-destroying. The addictive part tends to come mainly from the loneliness, which is the whole reason that we're on this and we're trying to find someone to keep us company.
In China, Momo is trying to escape its origins as a dating app and become a social network. Parents don't think you'll get a good partner Shruti, 30, Delhi, India Shruti, 30, and Nitin, 31, live in Delhi and work in finance. They found each other on TrulyMadly, an Indian-made app, which came second to Tinder in terms of downloads in They got married in November. In South Korea dating apps rank very poorly compared with other apps Middle East Egypt and Saudi Arabia use apps that have little popularity beyond their borders.
Apart from Egypt, the only other country where Frim has a foothold is Russia. She does not want to reveal her identity because dating is not accepted in her culture. I'm trying to find some friends around the world. I'm trying to find people with an open mind, who are kind, intelligent, smart.
People who really try to know and discover others. I have a lot of traditions. But at the same time, I am of an age where I can recognise what is right or wrong. I tell them from the first day I am only offering friendship.
Most of them don't accept - they want to take the relationship to a second level. But some of them say they need the same. I have made more than five friends this way. They are very very unique relationships. But they know me very well and they know that I will not do something bad.
At the same time, I have to be careful about the traditions, about my religion In South America dating apps are particularly popular compared with other apps. You don't have to be ashamed of it any more. She works in film production, is single and uses Tinder and Happn.
I don't really like the feeling. It feels like you're hunting or being hunted. In Brazil, some of the guys in clubs are really pushy. Sometimes, they try to kiss you even if you don't want to. Even if you're shy, you can just swipe right on someone and start a conversation.
Just be in the app for a few minutes and you can find someone to talk to at least. Deborah on pushy men Duration: Tinder and Happn made online dating more accessible and less embarrassing to younger people. You don't have to be ashamed of it any more, because most of your friends use it.
Many people use social networks rather than dedicated dating platforms to meet partners. South Africa is the only African nation included in the world's top 50 app markets.
He doesn't want to use his real name because he could lose his job and his home if his boss and his landlord found out he was gay. He uses PlanetRomeo and Facebook to meet men, despite a bad experience on one meeting. Then after five minutes, two men came into the house.
Today is my last day in the world. Tinder is the 10th most popular lifestyle app in Canada and 15th in the United States. She mainly uses Tinder and OKCupid. How the hell are you supposed to find someone? There's so many people, so little time. So we use tools for everything. We have Uber; we even have a laundry app. Why wouldn't we have a dating app? I swipe in meetings Duration: Can I come over? Do you wanna meet up now? Are you down to do whatever?
Not with someone who completely bypasses etiquette.