Fling Review: We Tried This Hookup App To See If It Really Works

With all of the dating apps out there that make ridiculous claims, it’s hard to know which ones you can trust. One popular hookup site is called Fling, and it promises to help you find casual relationships quickly and easily. Does it live up to all of the hype?

We’d heard about Fling for a while before we signed up. After seeing a few articles about it on friends’ feeds, we decided it would be worth checking out. It is kind of like Tinder, but different enough and better in many ways.

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First off, you should know that Fling is free to use. The website’s most attractive feature is that you can set up dates for yourself on your own time. That means no emails from pushy people asking if you want to go on a date.

Fling basically functions like a matchmaker, organizing people for you on the app. Once you download the app, you can scan a list of nearby people who are interested in you. Then you can decide if you want to start a conversation.

Like Tinder, you can message people right away, or you can schedule a “meet and greet” date to go over your dating preferences. This is similar to Bumble, which also finds dates for you on your own schedule.

How does Fling work?

The website for Fling advertises itself as a fast-paced “happier way to have more fun,” which is their claim. The dating app offers members the option to either swipe left to reject, or just swipe right to like.

After downloading the app, you’re asked to fill in a little bit of info: how tall you are, your age, the city and state where you’re located, your personality, and your biggest turn-ons. After filling in some information, you’re given some conversation starters to work with (you can also add your own, of course). You’re able to browse through potential matches until you find someone you like. Once you find a match, you can send a message to them, starting a chat. Then, you can start setting up some dates.

Fling offers two additional ways to find potential matches, either through your friends, Facebook, or by searching for people on Instagram. The site encourages people to swipe right for every person they find attractive, or just “like” for the few people you connect with.

Is Fling a real dating site?

Fling was created in 2011, and currently boasts more than 2 million active users. It also has more than 25,000 open profiles, and more than 500,000 swipes a day. It’s probably the second-largest dating site in the United States.

You can use Fling to find out who’s interested in you based on your likes and interests. It claims it can also help users find your “perfect match” by searching photos on Facebook and browsing profiles of the people who are more likely to be interested in you.

If you can’t find someone you like, Fling will ask you to complete a questionnaire. The site shows you the percentage of people who responded to your questionnaire and if it was a yes, you can choose whether to accept it or decline.

What is Fling about?

According to Fling’s official site, the platform is currently available to people who are 18 or older, although the site is also accepting applications from people who are under 18. There is no shortage of options for youth on Fling, either, since Fling claims that it is “the first dating platform exclusively for younger people,” meaning that users aged 18 to 25 can even swipe with friends and use the chat feature.

Fling also promises that it will never ask you for personal information over the chat feature and that it will never keep your information even after your membership expires. So, if you don’t want to remain a member, Fling will wipe the information from your account.


Fling is a great dating site, or more accurately, a hookup app. If you’re looking for some quick casual sex and Tinder and Bumble fail to deliver, then Fling’s definitely worth trying.

The benefits of using Fling are endless, but right now the best part about the app is that it’s completely free to download. I did upgrade to the premium version of the app, and it also has a few more features that I didn’t get to use during my testing.

It’s also a completely anonymous way to meet someone, because you can choose just your gender and nothing about yourself is ever revealed. You also don’t need to use your real name, and no one will ever know who you are. This has the potential to make it an even better option if you’re looking for something a little less serious and a little more fun.

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