But, if you're feeling online dating fatigue (it's a real condition!If you find yourself on the market in your 40s, wading into the app-dating world can feel daunting.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.
But that doesn’t mean smartphone dating isn’t for you.
If you know what you’re looking for, which by now you likely do, there’s no reason to waste time. Bumble is hugely popular, but the options for the over-40 crowd are fewer than in other age groups.
(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.
(Obvious newsflash: looking bored or annoyed isn't the best way to meet new people.)The goal is to get outside your comfort zone, but to still be in a zone where you can enjoy yourself whether or not you make a romantic connection.
Enjoying your life and focusing on not meeting new dates is ironically one of the great ways to meet new people.