In the end, only paying will make you sure of outcome and make your search smooth and fast

In the end, only paying will make you sure of outcome and make your search smooth and fast

Of course, you can get yourself a partner for free, but you’ll need to do a lot of wiggling to do it.

The matches aren’t always close

If you want to come to a certain country and hope to get laid with the local ladies there, you may be bitterly disappointed with Badoo is your app of choice. Badoo doesn’t always show you the people closest to you while you swipe, nor can you see how far away they are currently.

While swiping, you can see the cities these ladies live in, but you can’t see how close or distant they are to you in kilometers. You can do it in the special matches on the left-most section, but not in the swiping menu. And it may be pretty frustrating at times.

Setting the filters

Good news is, you can set your preferences for the matches you want to encounter while swiping. For that, click on the slider icon in the top right corner. The two most important parameters – distance and age – are at the top. As in other dating platforms, the age of your preferred matches is set accordingly to your own age, but the distance is up to you to designate.

The maximum distance can be whatever you want between 0 and 160 kilometers, but if you try to slide it further than 160, you’ll just set it to the ‘entire country’. Evidently, you can’t look for the women, say, 200 km away from you without also driving the entire country into it.

Other filters

Other good news, you can set extensive preferences for your matches, including height, constitution, kids, smoking, and drinking (all with preset statuses, so everything is pretty clear). And not least firstmet of all that is language. You can choose several languages to let people know you speak them. It is extremely useful if your goal is to use this app in your travels.

You can just set this filter to ‘English’ and see who speaks it in your vicinity, easy as that. And if you aren’t an English speaker, you can even set your original language and see if there’s anyone around you to sustain a conversation in your native tongue.

Interests

It may come as a very basic thing to implement into your communication app, but not every one of them has an area where you could put these. Badoo is not of them, thankfully. There are an almost indefinite amount of interests and hobbies you can put in your profile for display.

They all come as hashtags, which is very helpful, because standardized parameters are very important if you’re trying to find like-minded people by what they wrote about themselves.

Say you want to find some pretty lady who likes history, sports, and reading. Well, you can just put them into the search bar in your ‘filters’ menu. Not to worry, the app will show you the most popular variants. If there are people who bothered enough to designate their interests and hobbies, you’ll find them.

What’s even more useful is that you can set what hashtags come first in your profile, implying which of your hobbies and interests define you more than others. Pretty convenient, considering that many other dating apps offer you no more than just basic descriptions of what a person likes.

Other info about yourself

When you go through a person’s profile, it doesn’t look like a neat list of the photos, interests, parameters, et cetera. It’s designed differently: the profile is essentially a very long card you need to swipe down. This ‘card’ is an alternating flow of photos and brief information about the personality in the shape of a question and an answer.

Sister Bi Nghiem

Sister Bi Nghiem è nata e cresciuta in Germania ed è stata una bibliotecaria professionista. Dal 1975 al 1985 ha vissuto a Montreal, in Canada, dove ha studiato letteratura francese e italiana. Nel 1998 è stata ordinata monaca da Thich Nhat Hanh e nel 2006 ha da lui ricevuto la Trasmissione della lampada del Dharma. Dopo essere stata per 10 anni monaca a Plum Village, si è trasferita in Germania con il primo gruppo di monaci quando nel 2008 è stato fondato l'EIAB (European Institute of Applied Buddhism, Istituto Europeo di Buddhismo Applicato. Da allora vive all'EIAB, dove offre corsi e ritiri ed è responsabile del programma annuale e della rivista dell'EIAB. Offre anche ritiri in diversi paesi in Europa e all'estero. È particolarmente interessata alla psicologia occidentale e buddhista, alle neuroscienze, alla medicina alternativa e al dialogo interreligioso. Le piace camminare nella natura e ama gli incontri umani profondi. La danza improvvisata e il clowning le danno molta gioia.