Katie Parsons is a journalist and editor who lives on the East Coast of Florida. She has written for Florida Today, the Orlando Sentinel, ChamberofCommerce.com and the Tribune Media blog Moms at Work. She is writing a memoir about the time when she was single and pregnant and she hosts a blog for parents where she chronicles her own journeys in a combined family.
Though online communication has made it technically easier than ever to date, it can still be a challenge to sift through all those profiles to find a good match. Luckily the technology exists to help align couples in advance – weeding out unlikely candidates on your behalf. If you download the right apps, you can create your own custom matchmaking toolkit right at the tip of your fingers and take a lot of guesswork out of online dating.
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To get the year off to the right relationship-seeking start, start by downloading these trending dating apps for 2014:
PlentyOfFish: If you have been frustrated in the past with dating sites and apps that seem to match you up with people only looking for flings or immediate hook-ups, PlentyOfFish may be the answer to your dating app angst. If you list on your profile that you are searching for a long-term relationship, people who are searching for casual or short-term interactions are blocked from contacting you. You can also single out specific people that you do not want to contact you, which provides a buffer against unwanted advances. The app is also hyper-localized and will even suggest neutral meeting spots based on your location.
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