By Julia Malacoff If you find yourself on the market in your 40s, wading into the app-dating world can feel daunting. And for more great relationship advice, be sure to read all of our relationship rules, including the ones for dating a colleague.
The app traffics mainly in creative types and anything ultra status-y: Want to a shot at model and actress Cara Delevingne, or even Sharon Stone? If you go this route, prepare to be Googled and judged. The best way in? According to their website, find someone who is already on the app to invite you. According to Lisa Bahar, a California-based licensed marriage and family therapist, super-specific apps are great for older crowds with firmer routines in their daily lives.
Free Get it on iOS only. Hence the lower rating on our part. Basically, you snooze, you lose. Free, with optional in-app purchases. Get it on iOS or Android.
Coffee Meets Bagel have two things ever been more perfectly matched? If you both like each other, you have seven days to exchange contact information and take the conversation offline. 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. Free Get it on iOS or Android.
Structured around interests and hobbies, this app encourages members to connect over whatever they have in common, hopefully creating a fun story about how they first met their new significant other.
Profiles are vetted by real people, and users are required to provide information like where they went to college and what their job is. A somewhat controversial element is that women pay a basic subscription rate, but men actually pay per message for each woman they get in touch with.
Get it on iOS only. First of all, their top priority is your privacy, which is crucial. The League also has networking events, making it easier to meet people offline. The upside to this app is that you know everyone on it has been vetted and is actually who they say they are they even checks your social channels to make sure everything matches up.
But the downside is that not everyone who wants to be on the app gets the chance to be. 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.
Then, you can like or not like those people. Happn provides a solution for those who are tired of getting matches who are far away from them geographically, something that can happen relatively often on old-school dating sites like eHarmony.
Like other services on this list, PlentyofFish has been around for a while, which means it has a lots and lots of people who use it.