Review: SameGrain app

Meeting new people through SameGrain (free), a platonic version of Tinder, is pretty interesting. Users can tell the app what they like to do and the app will provide matches. For those who want to meet people online, this is a good platform to do so.

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The app features five sections: home, matches, grains, requests, and messages. Home provides news from SameGrain and Messages is just thatmessages, from SameGrain and your matches. Requests and matches are also pretty self-explanatory. Users can request to be friends. If accepted, or “planted,” the users can message. If you don’t want to accept a match request, you can ignore it or “mulch” it, which is reserved for users who may be creepy or who give unwanted attention.

The more interesting part of the app experience lies in the “grains” section, where you put in your interests. Categories include education & career, favorites & fears, beliefs & concerns, style & appearance, family & pets, personality, sports, health & habits, entertainment, places & travel, and life & experiences.

It does take a long time to answer all the questions, but users can choose to answer only the ones they want. When you are provided with matches by the app, you can see your match’s profile and grains, with a percentage indicator to see how alike you may be with your match, or how many “common grains” you have. 

  

Pros

  • You don’t have to answer all the questions, but doing so gives you a bigger picture. And the questions are pretty interesting and relatable, unlike some dating apps out there. 

  • The idea is a cool one for those who may be more shy and would rather be introduced to new people on the internet.

Cons

  • It’s not too intuitive to set-up at first, and takes a while to understand the terminology. Mulch? Plant? Grains? Of course, it would be easier to navigate if you read this review.

  • Sometimes, it takes a few seconds to load the "grains" questions, which isn't a huge deal, but does take some time away from the set-up process.

Final Verdict

Overall, the app is interesting if you want to meet people online near you, especially if you’re in a new place and you’re intimidated by going out by yourself. As always, be careful what information you share online. If you are one to use an app like this, make it SameGrain.

iPhone Life Rating:  4 out of 5 stars

 
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Abbey Dufoe is a freelance writer and a web producer at a nonprofit based in Princeton, NJ. She's always itching for the newest iOS gadget (current favorite - the Apple Watch). She tweets and blogs about the earth and the Internet on Twitter at @abbeydufoe and at abbeydufoe.com.