After a lot of trail and error, here's my unfiltered take. I resisted online dating until the very bitter end. I was never a very good dater to begin with, and the idea of someone judging me the way I judge a pair of shoes I'm debating online seemed chilling. But two years later, I was 40 and had exactly zero dates. So I signed up.
The first few months were horrendous. I tossed my phone to any willing colleague who thought online dating sounded "fun". Call it Stockholm Syndrome. But I quickly learned that not all sites are created equally, especially when you're in your 40s. I don't want too get overwhelmed. I don't want to be catfished too late! I don't want to date guys who live with their mom. I'm accomplished, successful, and awesome. I don't want to faff around. So, I consulted the experts ahead of time: a couple of year-olds who are Yoda-wise in the ways and pitfalls of online dating.
And what about dating during a pandemic? I find that a lot of people either wanna message forever or meet right away, both of which are frustrating for different reasons. It also requires a lot of trust in others' honesty about getting covid tested and being safe with exposure, which has made me anxious, too.
So, armed with all that knowledge, much trial and error ensued. But from my numerous and genuine mistakes comes true firsthand knowledge. Tinder is not included. On purpose. Long story short? Unless you've got nerves of steel and the world's greatest b. When I first got into online dating, this is the site every friend assured me was the best.
My best friend just married a guy she met on here! It was founded by Whitney Wolfe, also co-founder of Tinder, as a way for women to control the online dating experience, and now has over 50 million active users in the US alone. It's intuitively designed and shows a nice blend of photos and personal information without overwhelming you. There's a queue of people who have already seen your profile and liked you, but you can happily scroll through a massive amount of profiles who, for whatever reason, haven't seen you or didn't swipe right.
Its basic membership is free, but limited. At first, I only picked from the guys who liked me already, but then I stopped caring. That was no way to operate in this dog-eat-dog Bumble world! But, I'll be honest. I hate that as the woman, I have to message first. It throws me off and makes me feel awkward. Over time, I stopped being shy which led nowhere and became a Bumble Banter Queen. Maybe too much so. I found I made a lot of text-based "connections" that didn't translate into real life.
Bumble made it easy to get involved with several guys over a stretch of time — a boyfriend, a semi-boyfriend and a few flings — but nothing long-lasting. Word to the wise: In the 'About Me' section featured on every profile, they will all say they are looking for a commitment. Many of them will be lying. Also, pay attention to the political view they share if that's important to you.
I went on an inordinate amount of dates with Trump supporters before realizing to pay special attention to mentions of 'conservative' in their profile. Bottom line on Bumble? It's where I've found the most dates, had the most sex, and the most disappointments, too. My coolest friends love Hinge. It started off more as a hookup app but an intensive rebranding and re-working transformed it into the rare relationship-focused dating site that doesn't feel too nerdy or earnest.
Rather than being forced to send messages in order to make contact, you can be a little more laid back in your approach by simply "liking" or commenting on stories or photos in a profile. Matches and conversations never expire, which is a plus. Let me get straight to the point: I got catfished on Hinge! A dreamy guy was messaging me sweet nothings, photos of his son my future stepson! Then, in a dramatic tone shift, he suddenly started asking if I could send him Amazon Gift cards. Your profile can have up to 26 photos and you're able to select preferences for the type of person you're looking for.
Write a bio, answer some questions about yourself, and select qualities you want or don't want in a partner and specify how important they are. Setting up your profile takes a little bit of time, but it's not some horribly lengthy process. Match shows you one profile at a time and you decide if you want to match with them or skip. You are presented with actual information about the person, so matching is less based on looks and involves more thought about personality. Match recognizes your matching patterns and uses them to give you even better potential partners the more you use the site.
Communication takes place over Match's privacy-centric messaging system until you decide you want to give out personal information. If you don't find someone within six months, Match will give you six months for free.
That's how much the service believes in its match-making abilities. Read our full review of Match. Best for a long-term relationship. With more than 20 years in the game, eharmony is a solid starting place for people over 40 who are looking for a committed relationship. If marriage is in your plan, this is the site for you.
Don't believe us? Just check out eharmony's success stories of people over 50 who got married. When you sign up for the site you'll have to take a compatibility quiz that is honestly quite a feat. It consists of 80 questions and takes about 20 minutes to complete. Be prepared to answer whether you enjoy taking long walks. But it will hopefully lead to really personalized and compatible matches.
The compatibility quiz used to have way more questions about religion, too. Now you can select same-sex matching and you won't be bombarded with questions about your spirituality, though there is a chance for you to select your religious alignment. Unfortunately, you can only choose one gender you're interested in, so there's still some room for improvement on the inclusivity front.
The free version of eharmony lets you receive and view matches, see compatibility details, and send smiles and icebreakers and favorite your matches. If you want to send custom messages and see everyone who's viewed your profile, you'll have to purchase a membership.
Read our full review of eharmony. Best for the over 50 crowd. SilverSingles With a minimum age requirement of 50, SilverSingles caters to a more mature crowd. SilverSingles is a dating site exclusively for people 50 years or older, but don't get turned off by it's name.
You are still young and hip, we promise. This site is great because of its age requirements. After signing up, you'll take a personality test that will be used to match you with compatible singles. The app shows you three to seven new matches every day. The personality test is a bit lengthy and will take some time to fill out, but that gives SilverSingles more ammo to find you someone who is truly compatible.
You're able to select that you're looking for a same-sex match, but if you're interested in both men and women, you can't choose to get matches from both genders. While this app isn't for everyone over 40, it does cater to the older crowd. If you just can't handle being called Silver, we suggest Hinge or Match.
Wondering if people actually find success? One of my friends signed her mom up for SilverSingles as a surprise Christmas gift and now her mom has moved in with a man she met on the site. OkCupid OKCupid utilizes thought-provoking questions to find compatible matches. OkCupid boasts that the site makes more than 91 million connections every year, but that's not the only reason it's one of our top picks.
It's one of the most inclusive dating platforms out there. So, if you identify as part of the LGBTQ community or are simply an ally, this is a really good app to check out. It features 22 gender and 12 orientation options, so a lot of bases are covered. The app asks you questions about topics you care about, like whether you'd consider yourself a feminist. It connects you with people who have similar values and interests as you to help find someone you're truly compatible with.
OkCupid is definitely more of a liberal leaning dating app, so you might not find what you're looking for if you identify as conservative. The compatibility questions are thought provoking and tend to lead to engaging conversations about political issues or world views, but also your favorite TV shows and types of music. OkCupid utilizes swiping, but you're presented with more than just some low-effort bio and a couple photos. It's a good space for finding something serious or something playful.
OkCupid has a couple tiers of paid plans. The A-List option includes no ads, unlimited likes, more search options, and lets you see a list of who has liked you before you've liked them and lets you see who has read your sent messages within conversations. Premium A-List has all of those features plus you get an automatic boost to get your profile seen during prime time and you can see everyone's public answers to their questions.
Red our full review of OkCupid. Best for people in their early 40s. Hinge Designed to be deleted, Hinge uses prompts and personal information to help you find a successful relationship. Hinge is super popular with millennials because it's a nice sweet spot where you can like and match with people you find attractive, but there isn't pressure of it being a hookup app like Tinder.
If you're on the younger side of the over 40 crowd, Hinge will probably be a success for you. That is not to say that someone on the older side can't have luck too, though. Hinge profiles utilize prompts and personal information so you can get a holistic feel for who people are.
Matches begin with someone liking or commenting on a specific part of your profile, so conversation is easier to get started. The app learns who you like and follows up to see how dates went in order to provide better recommendations in the future.
Hinge prides itself on being a dating app that's "designed to be deleted. With the free version you can send 10 likes per day. Because the number is limited, you have to be more thoughtful about who you like if you're not paying, which will hopefully lead to more compatible matches. You will see when someone has liked you, so you aren't left guessing or wondering.
Best for career-oriented people. Elite Singles With the majority of users being over 30 with some level of higher education, EliteSingles caters to a more mature audience. There's a mutual understanding that if you're on EliteSingles , you're a working or retired professional looking to meet other professionals with similar interests. The site caters to a more mature audience, with more than 90 percent of users being 30 or older with higher education.
To begin, you'll take a personality test and then you'll start receiving three to seven daily matches based on your test and preferences you set yourself. You even have the option to filter by profession if that's important to you. EliteSingles has a few different ways to find potential matches to make sure you're truly able to find someone you'll click with. This is one of the pricier dating sites out there, but on the bright side, you can bet that the people who are paying for the service are pretty damn serious about finding a relationship.
Fake and scam accounts are super minimal as EliteSingles manually verifies every profile with a fraud detection system. EliteSingles does have a slight air of arrogance about it with such a heavy focus of the number of users with a Bachelor's Degree or higher — or as EliteSingles puts it "above average education.
Read our full review of EliteSingles. Best for a casual relationship. Tinder The original swiping app, Tinder helps you find potential relationships or casual hookups. Tinder might seem like the last place to find a date if you're over It's known for being a hookup app for younger people. So, it is not hopeless! Tinder is responsible for more than 43 billion matches in its lifetime. It's the OG swiping app, showing you profiles that you can either swipe right to like or left to pass.
If you and another user both swipe right on each other, it's a match and you're free to message each other. Profiles are pretty basic with just some photos and a bio, so it's easy to see why Tinder isn't immediately recognized as a serious relationship matchmaker. That said, it's definitely still possible to find people who aren't just looking to hook up. But it's also pretty easy to find someone who is looking to hook up if that's what you're looking for. Do what you want! Live your life!
The app has two paid tiers: Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold. Plus gives you unlimited likes, five super likes a day, one boost a month, removes ads, and lets you backtrack on your last swipe if you accidentally swiped left on someone you were interested in. Tinder Gold has all of these features plus you can see who likes you before you have to swipe on them and you get top picks every day aka your most swipe-worthy potential matches.
Pricing varies by location, so be sure to check in the app for the most accurate prices. Best for outgoing women or shy men. Bumble Women have to make the first move on Bumble and only have 24 hours to message a match. On Bumble , women make the first move, which is great if you're a shy man or an outgoing woman. Note: For same-sex couples, anyone can message first.
Bumble has a pretty laid back environment and profiles feature a quippy bio that you write. You won't have to take a super long compatibility quiz to get started.
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Bumble set itself apart from all the other dating services crowding the app store by requiring women to make the first move once a match is made. Plus, once you find somebody you're interested in, you have the option of going on a video date in-app.
It has about 8 million users, the most of any other dating app surveyed by Statista. That means you have a pretty solid chance of eventually matching with someone who piques your interest—even if it takes a lot of left-swiping to get there. Another one of the original dating websites-turned-apps with an eye towards finding a relationship, POF had 90 million users in its heydey. In polling its female users, the app found that 44 percent were single mothers —and that they find a partner 10 percent faster than the average user.
And not only does the app show you how many people have liked you, it also tells you what they liked about you, making it easy to start a conversation. Originally a Facebook app, Zoosk is now one of the largest dating sites out there, with over 30 million downloads since its launch in Today, it has over a million active users, according to Statista—and , of those are paying members, which means more than half of the users are seriously committed to find a match.
At this point, eHarmony is a household name. Plus, premium subscription members have the option to go on a video date before meeting in person. Everyday at noon, Coffee Meets Bagel will curate and send you quality matches—or "bagels" as they call them—selected by its algorithm.
With no swiping involved and a limited daily selection, this app is designed not to overwhelm. Plus, the in-depth profiles and "ice-breaker" questions encourage meaningful conversation, making this app perfect for those looking to start serious relationships. With more than 14 million users, Hily stands for "Hey, I like you! The app is free, with an optional subscription for an ad-free and incognito-mode experience. If you're looking for fellow Black singles who share your interests, BLK is a dating app that specializes in finding that connection in their community of users.
With over 4 million downloads, the free app lets you match and chat with potential partners. Got a crush on that cute neighbor but don't know his or her name?
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