In the era of casual dating, we could all use a little help. Dating apps are obviously the number one tool that we
all use to help us get some a little later. Most people who are looking to date casually are busy young professionals
or students who are quite frankly much too busy to bother with niceties. So, why do we sign up for dating apps
opposed to hook up apps?
A quick scroll through the "dating" section of the app store yielded this result: HUD. This app stuck out because it's not masquerading as a dating app like so many apps like Tinder or Bumble… it is what it says it is HUD: Hook Up Dating. Honestly, this was refreshing. An app that isn't pretending to be something entirely wholesome? Thank god.
But how does the app hold up against its competition? Read on and let's find out together!
My first impression was that this purple themed app has a little icon that looks awfully similar to Tinder's
little pinky-orange flame. However, this app is pretty dissimilar when it comes to layout. This app is not a
swiping dating app! It's a grid style app where you can go through and message people you're interested. From
there they can accept your message request by sending one back.
It's fairly easy to navigate. All you have to do is scroll down the grid - which seems to go on forever - until you find someone that you're interested in. The profile has options for you to fill in your height, body type, and other information about you. As far as I'm concerned this app looks a lot like a lot of grid apps that are out there right now.
The app is pretty straightforward and easy to use. They don't really have anything huge about their general
system that sets them apart from most dating apps. Their target audience - those looking for casual hookups or
short-term connections - seems to be what sets them aside from dating apps as it puts them in a different
category: hook up apps.
When setting your preferences, you do have the option to filter out matches based on body type. This can either be a really great thing (especially those who are looking for something very specific), or it might be a bad thing for those who are on the heavier side. I also noticed that you could match with couples as well as members of either gender which I find very indicative of the hookup culture this app is steeped in.
Like many dating apps, you can buy multiple months at a time to get a lower price per month. On this app, a month
of premium will cost you 30 bucks if you buy a month plus their month-long free trial. However, for 12 months you
can get membership at $9.99 per month - though this may not be the best option for those who are money conscious
as this will cost you $119.99 at once.
So what are you getting for your payment of $9.99-$30.00 a month? You'll be able to unlock a feature which allows you to see which people in your grid have already viewed you. It'll also allow you access to premium filters so you can get really specific with the kinds of people on your grid. It'll also give you the capability to have unlimited messages, unlock restricted photos, and approve all matches at once.
One thing that I like is when you can have access to a dating ap both on your phone and your laptop.
Sometimes you have to be on the go. Sometimes it's nice to be able to discretely swipe around or message
while on your phone. But other times you want to kick back and be able to use your computer. Or if you're at
work and you're trying to find someone to hook up with, it's much easier to do that on a tab in your browser
than on your phone.
This makes the app so much more compatible with young adult lives. We bounce back and forth between our phones and our computers, shouldn't our dating sites or apps be able to do the same?
The photo messaging feature really makes this whole app feel very sexy. It doesn't feel like Tinder where the
only thing you can send back and forth are gifs that load in the app. You can load photos from your laptop
library or camera roll on your phone super easily and send them off to a match. Also when the photos come
through, they're blurred at first. This allows you to determine if a photo is something undesirable - say
phallic - and if you really want to open it.
Filter by ethnicity:
I find this super weird. I feel like this filter option just makes me uncomfortable. I feel like this allows
people to easily excuse prejuidce as their own personal preference. It also allows people to quickly find
people who they might fetishize because of their ethnicity. I feel like this is an odd and unnecissary
…Also photo messaging:
I know that I just praised the photo messaging capability. But it can get to be a bit much for women on the
site. Honestly, it's super uncomfortable to be constantly bombarded by blurred out dicks on a dating app.
Most women have to deal with these photos in their texts to begin with! The last thing they need is a way for
more men to get their penis pics into their inbox.
Seeking and gender options are limited:
While we've seen other dating apps and social media networks really step it up when it comes to gender and
sexuality options, HUD is not amongst them. You can only mark yourself as male or female… this can
totally bring up issues for those who don't identify either way.
On top of that, the seeking options are kind of funky too. So your options are seeking male, female, either, or couple. If you're someone who's down for anything, do you mark either? And if you do, does that include couples? It's super unclear what these labels really will yield.
The first thing I noticed is that the app on both desktop and mobile is so slow. I don't know why as my
internet is not at fault (I pay for lightening fast connection) so it must be the app. They really need to
When it comes down to it, HUD is refreshing in that they don't try to pretend to be a wholesome dating app. But
on the other hand, they don't stand up to some of the other dating and hookup apps that are out there. It's not
my favorite, but I like what they're trying to do.