If you find yourself on the market in your 40s, wading into the app-dating world can feel daunting.There are literally hundreds of apps to choose from, and if you’re a busy guy looking for something meaningful, scrolling through an endless stream of music-festival selfies probably isn’t the best use of your time.) removes some of that stress by giving you a limited number of matches every day at noon.If you both like each other, you have seven days to exchange contact information and take the conversation offline.It’s simple, easy, and the opposite of overwhelming, especially for those who don’t have time to spend hours swiping through potential dates because they’re, you know—working.One caveat: Because the app sources your matches from friends of friends on Facebook, this might not be the best option for those who are trying to widen their dating pool beyond their community. According to recent research, First Met has one of the highest percentages of users who are 30 or older, with only 2.3% of its users being in the 18 to 29 age bracket.
But the downside is that not everyone who wants to be on the app gets the chance to be. If you’re the kind of person who sees people you’d like to ask out but never actually does it, Happn could be a great option for you. The idea is that if you’ve crossed paths with someone during your regular day-to-day life, long-distance dating—which is a major inconvenience to someone who has already established their life and career—is removed from the equation. Like other services on this list, Plentyof Fish has been around for a while, which means it has a lots and lots of people who use it.
Basically, the app tracks your location and allows you to see anyone in your vicinity (or who has been in your vicinity recently) who is also on the app. The app works best in big cities, since the more users you run into, the more matches you’re likely to have. Even though you don’t hear much buzz about this app, it actually has the second most users out of all dating apps, coming in right after Tinder. OK, we know we’re not reinventing the wheel here, but with 75% of Match.com’s users being over the age of 30, you’re going to have a ton of potential mates when it comes to sheer numbers.
Remember: If you’re dating within an age group that might not be up to date on all the newest, trendiest apps, sometimes it’s better to stick with what people are familiar with. It’s known for being a more “serious” app, so if you’re looking to start up something long-term, this may be your best bet.
(Hence the lower rating on our part.) Bumble is similar to Tinder in the sense that you’ll swipe yes or no on potential matches, but it’s different in that the woman has to start the conversation in the first 24 hours after matching. Women tend to favor this app because there’s a lower chance of getting creepy one-liners as conversation openers, which in turn becomes a plus for men who want to meet women who are actually looking for the real deal. The most challenging thing about dating apps is dealing with the sheer volume of potential matches.
In other words, it’s a good resource for both sexes, and for those who aren’t just looking to talk to as many potential matches as possible. Coffee Meets Bagel (have two things ever been more perfectly matched?