Some have used the app for long-term or more formal dating, but it also has a reputation for hookups, where you can meet someone near you for a quick romantic rendezvous. Pure - Pure is like Tinder’s seedy, steamy cousin: It only exists to set people up for the night.The invitation-only app (which has yet to launch, but which is coming soon to i OS and Android and has already attracted tons of press) initially works like Tinder: Upload a photo, designate which gender(s) you’re interested in and then start choosing fellow users who tickle your fancy.If you match with someone, however, it’s expected that you will just immediately do the deed.

If they have flagged you as well, the app will alert you and you can message each other and, perhaps, put the app’s title into motion.

Grindr - The app that started the geosocial dating craze, Grindr is a gay-only app for i Phone, Android and Black Berry that displays, in grid form, all of the male users in close proximity who might be available.

Unlike with Pure or Tinder, everyone is free to message everyone else (though, there is a block function for creeps).

Traditional dating sites like and e Harmony have always been a hard sell on college campuses, where the incredible density of young single people all living in the same buildings makes turning to the Internet to find love seem unnecessary and old-fashioned.

But now, a new breed of dating services is making headway with this younger and more carefree demographic.

These apps are available first (or only) on smartphones; rely heavily on serendipity and the immediate proximity of fellow users; and deliver quick acceptance or dismissal, rather than courtships gamed out over lengthy questionnaires that are aimed at predicting longer-term compatibility.The apps are also more geared toward short-term hookups than the traditional dating sites.We’ve listed seven matchmaking apps that college students are using now.Here’s where Cupid’s arrow is flying in 2013: Tinder - Probably the buzziest dating app out there, Tinder is like a location-based “hot or not” for the i Phone or Android.You are shown a headshot of another Tinder user who is currently nearby: Swipe right if you’re interested, swipe left if you aren’t.If two Tinderers are mutually interested, a chat box opens so that they can get to know each other.