In a country where parents often still vet spouses -- 90% of marriages in India are arranged, according to UNICEF -- this particular feature builds confidence among users that the people they're meeting are indeed genuine.
Paktor, the Singapore-based app, also screens users for fake accounts, and requires you to have at least 50 friends on Facebook to sign up.
And group dating "keeps the conversation light," she said.
Peekawoo's group dates can include up to six people, and they'll even host larger events with "an in-house wing man and wing woman," whose sole responsibility is to help break the ice. "We do not let married men on the app," said Woo co-founder Sumesh Menon.
In the Philippines, people "tend to look for someone to talk to, maybe have a direct connection with, but not really boyfriend-girlfriend right away, because people here [take things] really slow," Balace said. Launched just last year, the app has nearly 1 million users in India. That's standard for dating apps around the world, but Woo goes further by cross-referencing social media accounts to make sure users represent themselves accurately. For example, Woo will check a user's marital status and look at professional Linked In profiles, which Menon says are much less likely to contain false information.
There's even a feature that lets users report people who they know are married, he said.
"Of course, there are some strange users to be found on Tinder," said Ali, who explained that he has come across Tinder profiles where users are very open about their sexual fetishes.These apps aim to create a friendly, safe community for users to meet other interesting folk."Tinder is bright red, whereas we take toned down colors like blue, purple, green -- it calms," said Joseph Phua, founder of Singapore-based dating app Paktor."When you're using the app, you don't feel like it's something that's leaning towards hookups -- it's a way to meet new people." Here's a look at what sets Asia's dating apps apart: Related: 10 alternatives to Tinder Get a third wheel Wish you had a wing man?Need a buddy in case you want to bail on a bad date?Cross-border love Paktor lets users adjust their preferences to meet people across the region.