In theory, Hinge gives you a steady stream of friends of friends I really like Hinge – the fact that it connects you within a certain number of degrees with your Facebook friends makes the matches more realistic.I've chatted with many and met a couple of women through Hinge.

It's definitely a more detailed experience, with the extra profile information available.

However, in the last 15 or so months it seems people are moving away from this option and gravitating towards the briefer, quantity approach.

Her latest development is a pioneer of the ‘female-friendly’ dating app, requiring women to send the first message after the two of you match with each other – though they only get 24 hours to do so to encourage them to be proactive.

The hope is to save women from the barrage of dick pics and crude one-liners Tinder gets flooded with, but the cost is that as a guy, you lose most of your agency.

It limits you to 12 or so potential matches per day (the exact amount depends on how many Facebook friends you have), giving it a bit more focus than the sprawl of Tinder or Happn.

They also just introduced timed matches which give you 24 hours to send the first message otherwise it expires, encouraging users to make matches more quickly.

The power is entirely in the girls’ hands – but at least you lose the pressure of coming up with a dazzling opener. All I have to do is swipe on women I'm attracted to and find interesting and eventually some of them message me.

It takes out all of your carefully crafted openers that never get responses from matches that swiped right on you in a drunken stupor or are just looking for validation and not a date.

We’ve waded through the app stores to sort the useful prospects from the wastes of time, and here’s what we found.