The challenges of a single parent can be numerous. There's the tough emotional work, financial issues, lack of time, and—let's face it—dating.
Finding a compatible partner can be a daunting task, especially when a potential partner finds out you have kids. As a result, more and more single parents turn to dating apps to find the love of their life.
But is it possible to find love on a dating app?
It is, according to Match's newest app, Stir, a platform created exclusively for single parents interested in dates, companionship, and relationships.
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How Does The App Work?
The users set up their accounts by answering personality-based questions that allow the matchmaking algorithm to collect user data and find compatible matches. The questions include personal preferences in terms of food, drink, first dates, restful weekends, favorite animals, and many others.
Aside from providing single parents with opportunities to find a date, the app also has other benefits. To find matches with similar schedules, users can indicate their free time, check out upcoming events, and exchange limited messages. Tapping an X or a heart icon next to an appealing profile gives a user the chance to become friends or skip that person.
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The premium subscription to the app offers improved features such as checking out who has viewed their profile, setting the profile to private, or getting so-called Superlikes to top the matching list.
Subscribers will have to pay less if they opt for a three- or six-month subscription. A three-month premium subscription is available for $89.99, a price that many single parents find to be on the expensive side.
Do Single Parents Need Such App?
Din Thi Bui, the vice president of Match Group, reveals that the app was inspired by single parents. One of them was his sister, who expressed concern over using online dating apps for fear of being rejected.
Parents who are single often find it challenging to balance their responsibilities, opting to devote all of their time to their children. Some parents are afraid of how their children will react to a single-and-ready-to mingle attitude.
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Similarly, a study by done Match found that most online dating apps left a bad taste in single parents' mouths. Most parents were ghosted after they revealed they had children. Not everyone is keen on having a partner who has kids as their life baggage.
"It was important for us to intentionally design an app for the single parent community and make it easier for them to connect with others without fear of judgment," said Thi Bui.
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This is not the first dating app created by Match Group. This internet company owns the largest group of online apps, such as Ablo, Upward, Match, Meetic, Hinge, OKCupid, Our Time, Tinder, Two, and Plenty of Fish.
Given that the US-based single-parent community accounts for more than 20,000 people, there is plenty of fish in the sea to be matched with.