You can still send a message -- it just won't show up in the recipient's inbox unless you match.
Because who doesn't enjoy sending a thoughtful message to someone who might never see it?
This might be helpful if you're looking to date your immediate neighbors (or Uber drivers), but I don't see the attraction when competitors like Tinder already show the distance between you and other users.
Frankly, if I saw an attractive guy in a coffee shop, I'd just approach him rather than check to see if he's on Happn.
Happn matches you with people who are located nearby.
It's a cool concept and helpful for people who want to meet someone in a more organic manner.
Hinge's current slogan is simply "Designed to be deleted," and if a serious relationship is what you're looking for, this is the dating app I would recommend.
Originally the app focused on common connections and mutual friends that you and a potential partner shared on Facebook, which was a gimmick I was never sold on. Hinge has designed the app to make user profiles more engaging (and helpful) than on apps like Tinder.
CMB was constantly "gently" reminding me to message people I'd matched with.
I eventually disabled the app after receiving the following notification: "Show [match name] who's boss and break the ice today!
That said, I've never met a single person who actually uses the app.
After signing up, Happn showed me 68 people it said I had crossed paths with in the preceding three hours, though I hadn't left my apartment all day.