The Best Dating Sites For Every Age
There’s no hard and fast rule that you have to use a certain dating site just because you’re a certain age — if you’re pushing 60 and want to find a hookup on Tinder, by all means, swipe baby swipe. But as a general guiding light, it can be helpful to know what’s a good option for your age group, because there’s something out there for everyone.
Here’s where you should start.
Your 20s — Tinder And Bumble
Tinder is the OG of dating apps, making it a great option based off of numbers alone — with tens of millions of users and over a billion matches to its credit so far (yes, a billion). That means that if you live in a city there will be endless options and, if you live in a more rural area, you’ll probably have more options on Tinder than anywhere else.
Because men in their 20s can send a lot of messages — and not all of them are PG — being a woman on Tinder can be overwhelming. Bumble works great for women who want to be in control, because they’re the only ones who can message first. You can find everything from hookups to serious relationships on both of these apps, perfect for that age when you’re still figuring out what you want.
Your 30s — Zoosk and Elite Singles
In your 30s, people usually start to want something a little more substantial and feel sick of the Tinder swipe-athon.
Zoosk takes a lot of what makes Tinder great - tons of matches, easy to use platform and an anything goes vibe - and updates it for a more mature pool of singles (for starters - there’s an actual profile to fill out). You’ll still find people who are all about the casual hookup, but a majority of people are looking for real relationships. And if you’re over the whole swiping thing, Zoosk’s matching algorithm does a good job of tailoring your matches to help you find what you’re looking for.
Elite Singles connects you through compatibility matching (based on a personality quiz) and only caters to a 30+ crowd. The site sends 6 matches a day, so it’s a great way to take a break from the rat race of dating and put a little more thought into your choices.
Your 40s — OkCupid and Match
Anyone I know who is serious about meeting someone is on Match. Even though there are quite a few people in their 20s and 30s using it, too, the vast number of users and the huge age range means that you can feel secure in finding your circle. Maybe you've had a few serious relationships (or even marriages) before or you’re looking for a meaningful connection for the first time. Either way, the in-depth biographies on Match provide you with the space to be upfront about what you want.
OKCupid is another great option. It provides a break from the monotony of swiping and browsing through profiles by inserting question cards which are used to provide better matches (Is jealousy okay in a relationship? Do you like beer?)
The more questions you answer, the better the site is at matching you. And the site has a pretty casual approach to dating in general (remember, dating isn’t supposed to be exhausting) which we think helps put people at ease...and open to love.
All of the above dating sites are good options - it all depends on what you’re looking for. Want more info? Check out our in-depth reviews of the best dating sites of 2018.