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(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?
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.
“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.
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. First of all, their top priority is your privacy, which is crucial.
Go for Raya.) If you go this route, prepare to be Googled and judged.
Making it past their screening process is no easy feat (unless you happen to be a minor celeb, you’re going to need some luck! But before you thumb your nose at it, it’s worth noting that if you’ve got a hobby that you really care about in your 40s—such as staying really fit, which we wholeheartedly encourage—it’s a terrific way to meet a compatible, like-minded person.
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?
But that doesn’t mean smartphone dating isn’t for you.