Hitch was launched in 2014 and promised a new way of dating where users were able to create meaningful connections based on shared interests and location. Unlike other dating apps and sites, you cannot search for users based on any specific criteria, nor browse profiles. The way you interact with other members is via topics, which are conversations grouped into interests such as Travel, Sport, Food etc.
Signing up to Hitch is easy as it connects to your Facebook profile and imports your photos and basic information like name, age, location, work, and education.
Hitch promises to find you connections by using your network of contacts to find people who know people you know. It does this by importing your phone contact address book. This is optional though if you (like us) are not comfortable giving out your address book (or the private information of your contacts).
Profiles are very basic in Hitch and the vast majority of users have little, or no information displayed in their profile, which makes the credibility of the users appear quite low.
There is no matching as such in Hitch. The main way the app connects users is by group conversations and as it gets to know your interests, it will suggest conversations on topics that you may be interested in.
The advertising for the app shows group conversations that have many users interacting about common interests. We struggled to find group conversations initiated by Australian members in our test, as well as any conversations with multiple participants.
One cheeky user even suggested that the app is “Facebook without friends’.
The concept behind Hitch in wanting to create a dating app that was less about profile pics and more about finding shared interests to create more meaningful connections sounds good in theory, but the execution has hit the mark. Users do not seem connected and many of the topics being discussed are very superficial, almost like ‘small talk’.
If you are looking to connect with other singles on a deeper level, matchmaking services do this via personality surveys and use the results of this to assess compatibility between members. They also structure their profiles to stimulate great conversations from the outset.
Is Hitch app any good?
The idea behind Hitch is that people can connect through the app through shared interests by joining conversations with other users in the local area, leading to friendships, dating and relationships.
Unfortunately during our test we struggled to find active conversations to join and participate in, or active Australian users.
Is Hitch app free?
Hitch has very limited functionality available to free users. Upgraded users who pay for either coin tokens or a membership get access to all functionality including being able to contact other members.
Does Hitch app post to Facebook?
Like most apps, Hitch connects to your Facebook profile to understand your background, dating preferences and your interests. It will import your profile pics from Facebook as well, but it does not post back to Facebook on your profile or newsfeed, nor appear to your Facebook friends.
Is Hitch app safe?
Hitch app is a less well known dating app and as we have indicated that there may be fake user profiles on the app, we would recommend acting cautiously.
Of course, always protect your personal information and privacy on any online dating site or app and consider your safety when organising to meet with people you’ve met online.
Is Hitch app a scam?
We did not experience anything that appeared to be a scam during our test, however we did view many profiles with incomplete information, which can sometimes be a sign of fake profiles.
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