In heterosexual matches, the app permits only women to start a chat with their male matches, while in same-sex matches either party can message first, though all free users must reply to messages within 24 hours or the match disappears.
Information from the user's Facebook account is used to build a profile with photos and basic information, including the user's college and job.
Other common reasons for using online dating sites or apps were the pre-screening of dates as well as easier conversation. Closest competitors were e Harmony.com, Christian Mingle and dating app Tinder.
During an April 2017 survey, 84 percent of dating app users stated that they were using online dating services to look for a romantic relationship.
A further 43 percent used online dating for friendly contact and only 24 percent of respondents stated that that they used online dating apps and services explicitly for sexual encounters.
Women must initiate the conversation of their matches or the matches disappear within 24 hours; either person in a same-sex match can reach out.
Features include the ability to favorite conversations, to sort conversations, to send photo messages, and to swipe, which allows users to "like" potential matches by swiping right and to swipe left to continue on their search.
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As part of the update, if a user is messaged after matching with a potential partner and doesn't respond within 24 hours the match disappears.
Before the update, men were allowed unlimited time to respond to a message from women which the company viewed as an uneven playing field.
Technology is a source of support and communication as well as tension, and couples say it has both good and bad impacts on their relationships.
One in ten Americans have used an online dating site or mobile dating app; 66% of them have gone on a date with someone they met through a dating site or app, and 23% have met a spouse or long term partner through these sites.
In March 2016, Bumble released BFF mode as a way for users to find platonic friends.