) removes some of that stress by giving you a limited number of matches every day at noon.
Kelley Kitley, a Chicago-based psychotherapist who deals with relationships, says she would recommend Match above other apps because “you pay for the service, so it’s a higher caliber of people who might be more committed to the dating process.People also have to put the time into creating a full profile, as opposed to ‘the swipe apps,’ which don’t give you a sense of personality or interests but are based solely on looks.” Cost: Memberships start at .99/month. You might know about OKC already, and for some it could be a blast from the past (hello 2012! The app is super easy to use, making it perfect for those who don’t want to spend a lot of time trying to figure out the ins and outs of a complicated interface.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.(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.(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?
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.
While it might seem a bit ironic to put an app that’s been around forever in the number one slot, we assure you: we’re totally sincere.
“People who are serious about getting serious should try Ok Cupid because the people on it range in age and are typically on there with truly serious intentions,” says Julia Bekker, a matchmaker, relationship expert and dating coach.
If you find yourself on the market in your 40s, wading into the app-dating world can feel daunting.