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.
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).
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. Of course, you can opt to have your profile visible to matches in both categories—age is just a number, after all—but it’s nice to know that the app has ways to cater to specific age groups.
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.
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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.“Many of the users are smart and attractive; it’s a high quality crowd.” When you’re dating in your 40’s, high quality is just about the best thing you can ask for.Plus, this app has the advantage of being free, so it’s a great first step if you’re just getting your feet wet in the dating app world. The app traffics mainly in creative types and anything ultra status-y: celebrities, people who work in the media, athletes, and even reality TV contestants.(Want to a shot at model and actress Cara Delevingne, or even Sharon Stone?