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And it makes conversations more thoughtful — starting every conversation with "Hey!
I was expecting to hate it (I am lazy, so the idea of an app with the premise of me having to send a ton of messages was unappealing), so I put it off and reviewed it last intentionally.
Both men and women swipe, but only women can start the conversation, and they only have 24 hours from the time they match to start chatting before the connection disappears forever.
For people seeking same-sex relationships, the app doesn't exactly work the way it's intended to; either party can send the first message.
Minutes into my Bumble experience, I quickly realized I'd have to start talking to the guys I matched with, otherwise things wouldn't go anywhere. Of course, the more messages you send, the more you'll receive, but nearly everyone I've sent a message to has responded quickly. But two of my friends and I have gone on a collective 13 dates in the past month courtesy of Bumble, so something about the app seems to be working.
So despite being intimidated, I sent a few messages, and based on my experiences on Tinder — where I'd get messages from guys and rarely respond — I assumed the same thing would happen to me. Turns out guys like Bumble because they like not having the pressure of initiating a conversation.
The app lets you know when a match is about to expire, presumably so you can rush in and send that person a message before they slip through your fingers and disappear forever.