I used the Dating App Huggle & Here’s What Happened

Anyone that knows me knows that I am very much single. “I’m just too busy” or “I get bored” or “I prefer to watch Broad City with my girlfriends” are some of my favorite explanations (and excuses) as to why I’m single. But, last week I was aimlessly scrolling through Instagram when I came across one Leandra Cohen’s blog post on Huggle. Leandra Cohen has been featured on Forbe’s “Top 30 Under 30” and her blog has won TIME’s “25 Best Blogs of 2012,” so obviously I trust anything that comes from this queen’s mouth.

I’m not much of an app dating person, I don’t use Tinder and I only just downloaded Bumble for the sake of comparing that to Huggle.

Fast forward to 30 minutes after I saw Cohen’s post... I go to my weekly HerCampus meeting, at the meeting our wonderful editor Sara, reminded us that it is “cuffing season.” During the meeting I started to think about my non-existent love life and how I could turn my unfortunate circumstances into a very interesting article. So I thought, “why not go full investigative journalist mode and get the scoop on this app.”

Huggle doesn’t use your current location to match you with people. Instead Huggle works by matching you with people that have been to the same places as you. This means that even if someone has been to the same place they may not necessarily be in the same state. 

There was another thing that set Huggle apart from other apps, for better or worse, depending on how you see it: every time someone visits your profile, you are notified. At first I thought this was cool, but then I realized if I can see those who visit my page, they can definitely see when I visit theirs! If I matched with a cutie, I would ~of course~ visit their profile again to show my friends and get their super unbiased opinions. But you know, sometimes showing just one friend isn’t enough. Sometimes you need to show like 2 or 15 more friends! At that point, it may be a little off putting to see that someone has visited your profile so many times.

Overall, I have to say I wasn’t too impressed with Huggle, especially when you compare it with other apps like Bumble that use your current location to match with people around you. Huggle does have some cute guys with nice personalities, so if you’re bored of mainstream Tinder and Bumble, maybe it’s not too bad of an idea to go hipster mode for a bit and try Huggle.


*images courtesy of Giphy and Manrepeller