We ranked the best apps that are friendly to people of slightly older age groups—paying special attention to the ones where you’ll have the most potential matches to choose from.
Some you’ve heard of, others you haven’t, and one of them will even offer you the opportunity to date a Victoria’s Secret model.
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.
But that doesn’t mean smartphone dating isn’t for you.
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.
Again, the bigger the pool, the better chance you have of meeting someone amazing, and with over 30 million users, that’s a pretty huge pool. This app knows that age is a factor, and because of that it divides people up into two categories: young professionals (40 and under) and professionals (40 and up).
(Hey, to echo Lloyd Christmas, there’s referred to it as the “Soho House of dating apps”—but if you can manage to get an invite, we say go for it.
) removes some of that stress by giving you a limited number of matches every day at noon.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.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.
(If you’re in your 40s, you don’t need the hassle of having your friends or coworkers finding your profile on a dating app.) The League also has networking events, making it easier to meet people offline. It’s kinda-sorta invite only, and it’s only available in NYC, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.