Tinder may have rock solid reputation for being the hookup app, but there's a new player in town.
Casual X is an app that caters exclusively to people who want encounters with no strings attached.
One of her roommates that season insisted they go to a friend’s share house for a pool party, and it was there that she met a cutie named Rob.
They hit it off, did a shot together, and had their first date at Smith & Wollensky the following week. “That’s the last time we ever did a share house,” she says with a smile.
In beta testing they amassed more than 50,000 users and generated at least 1,000 matches a day in their early stages.
The app has a pretty positive score on the Apple store, with 400 ratings giving it a 4.3 out of 5.
“You can’t help but be yourself.” Forest Hills-based Antonio Napolitano, who works in hedge-fund operations, is less rosy on the subject.So, even though there are plenty of other apps that facilitate quick and easy encounters, there’s clearly a demand for something dedicated to purely casual connection that isn't Craigslist.Up until now dating apps, not to be confused with online dating websites, have had a male heavy demographic—that is, until Tinder came along.Four years ago, when Renee, a 36-year-old from the Upper East Side, wanted a summer rebound fling after getting out of a serious relationship, she didn’t sign up for Ok Cupid. It worked: Two weeks in, a housemate began hotly pursuing her.“It was a good move,” says the marketing exec, who asked that her last name not be used for privacy reasons. made me feel guilty that I still wanted to meet other guys,” she says of her insta-boyfriend.“It’s too much stimulation.” Ramy Sharp, the 47-year-old fashion designer behind the Ramy Brook brand, would strongly disagree.She credits her marriage to a Quogue share house she spent the summer at 25 years ago.To confront that, the Casual X team manually reviews each new profile to ensure there's a real person aiming to use the app properly.Some of the behavior this app facilitates might not be things you’d want to share with, say, your mom or your boss.Tinder is the latest in a slew of location based hook-up partner finding apps that use GPS to locate future sex-mates. But, it's different than Blendr, the other "Grindr for straight people," and the dozens of others of dating apps out there in one critical aspect: women are actually using it.Tinder's founders bragged to us about the number of female users when it launched last October, and though they didn't have fresh numbers, the app has received a lot of vocal approval from women online, including female tech writer Jenna Wortham, who says "there’s something about Tinder’s simple, flirty interface that is undeniably fun." This acceptance might have something to do with the fact that unlike every other hook-up app out there, which were birthed by men, as Ann Friedman notes in So far hook-up apps haven't catered to women because they lack certain protections that the XX-demographic likes when meeting potential sexual partners, argues Friedman: "women want authenticity, privacy, a more controlled environment, and a quick path to a safe, easy offline meeting." Perhaps because of its single female voice, Tinder offers a lot of those things mostly by way of Facebook.