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Find love in Austin with these 5 apps and speed dating events

From apps to relationship coaching, there are many ways to revive your dating life in Austin. (Pexels)

If you're single this Valentine's Day and hoping to be locked down next year, now's a good time to start looking around.


The latest Singles in America report says hookup culture is history and 62% of singles became more interested in a meaningful, committed relationship since before the pandemic began.

Of course, Austin singles are looking for a range of casual or serious relationships. After all, it was only a few years ago when relationship company Match reported that Austin men are more likely to ghost, breadcrumb and come back as a zombie.

So whether you want to find a partner or are looking to have some fun, here are a few places to try:

Mixmosa

This is not a dating app with mindless swiping, Mixmosa says. Instead, it’s built for the purpose of connecting in real life.

There’s the speed dating dimension, where attendees can meet 7-15 singles on a mini date that’s just under 10 minutes. The next event is at coffee and cocktail spot, Turnstile on Feb. 20.

Then there’s the matchmaking aspect that’s in beta. It involves a questionnaire that asks about 100 questions on just about everything: your income, drug use, how many sex partners you’ve had in the past year, if you laugh a lot and take an interest in other people’s lives. Plus, some questions that are almost like a grammar quiz.

Mixmosa says this questionnaire was built from hundreds of cross-disciplinary relationship studies and helps with the 2,840 face-to-face dates they’ve organized so far. Within 48 hours of taking the questionnaire, Mixmosa will alert you if you’re eligible and you can then pay to meet someone, which they say acts as a filter for people who aren’t serious about dating.

Ilios

If you base compatibility on a potential partner’s sign, this app is for you.

Ilios, which launched in November, has the typical swipe left and right method on profiles. But it also includes a prominent display of Western, Eastern and Vedic astrology signs. Included is a compatibility score from zero to 100 that's based on signs and lifestyle approaches like politics, religion and family aspirations.

Plus, the app was made with Austin in mind. CEO Melanie Davidson previously told Austonia that people here are fun and open to new ideas.

"We think Austinites looking for a match beyond the superficial swipe will love ilios," Davidson said.

Bumble

For Bumble, you had better come prepared with the right conversation starters.

Marketing itself as a way for women to feel safe and take charge in their dating life, Bumble conversations revolve around first moves. So for heterosexual matches, women have 24 hours to send a message and after that the man has a day to respond. Either person in same-sex matches can send the first message, but the other person has a day to respond before the match expires.

It's an approach people have warmed up to. Since 2014, Bumble has reigned as one of the top dating apps with more than 100 million users.

The app also comes with ways to easily learn about people before matching, like with basic info badges where people can say what they're looking for, if they want kids and political beliefs. Meanwhile, interest badges cover a variety of topics like pets, sports, music and more.

Swoovy

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This app knocks out a classic dinner and movie date and instead matches people who can meet at a volunteer event.

To get started, you add photos of yourself and answer some questions about the maximum distance of your match, your family plans, hobbies and other interests.

There are also some prompts, known as "Swoovy starters" that are a fun way to get to know a match. Some examples include questions about what you'd create if you could make your own superpower or where you'd start if you had the power to save the world. But if you want to skip small talk, the app is currently testing out a new feature that allows you to video chat and voice call with matches.

Swoovy is based in Austin, but users can also try it out in Kyle, New Braunfels, San Antonio and a few other cities. Even if you don't find a match, the app has easy links to register for volunteer opportunities on your own.

SpeedAustin Dating

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If you're ready for a date literally tomorrow, this could be your best option.

SpeedAustin Dating hosts regular events, including a "Be My Valentine Bash" for different age groups this Monday. Tickets are slightly higher for the holiday, at $44.

Matchmaking packages are also offered and if you're interested—40% off flash sale is underway and it ends Feb. 16. So if you'd like an option on the more affordable side, the Simplify me package includes two pre-arranged date nights and complimentary admission to speed dating events for a limited time $297.

Or perhaps you're nervous about meeting new people or want advice on how to swoon the right person. There are also advice packages where you can get tips and guidance on dating.

Have a happy Valentine's!

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