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.Divine Caroline talked to relationship expert April Masini to find the top dating sites for millennials. Best for No Cost: Ok Cupid Ok Cupid is full of 20-somethings looking for relationships of all kinds, so it's great for people looking to dive into the dating pool without emptying their pockets.
But that doesn’t mean smartphone dating isn’t for you.
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.
Basically, the app tracks your location and allows you to see anyone in your vicinity (or who has been in your vicinity recently) who is also on the app. The app works best in big cities, since the more users you run into, the more matches you’re likely to have. Even though you don’t hear much buzz about this app, it actually has the second most users out of all dating apps, coming in right after Tinder. OK, we know we’re not reinventing the wheel here, but with 75% of Match.com’s users being over the age of 30, you’re going to have a ton of potential mates when it comes to sheer numbers.
Remember: If you’re dating within an age group that might not be up to date on all the newest, trendiest apps, sometimes it’s better to stick with what people are familiar with. It’s known for being a more “serious” app, so if you’re looking to start up something long-term, this may be your best bet.
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.
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.
(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?
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.