The Best Dating Sites For Professionals

You’re not too busy for love. 

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Best dating site for professionals

Some professionals use their job as an excuse as to why they’re “too busy to find love.” Chances are you have heard it said to you — or worse, you’ve said it yourself. Here’s the deal: There are many dating websites and apps (six, actually) that are made with professionals in mind, so you don’t have to waste your precious time and energy on something that won’t give you exactly what you want: true love. Especially if you’re too busy working, traveling, or even thinking about work, get started on one of these top-rated dating websites to make all of your career successes worthwhile. Why? Because you’ll finally have someone to share it with. 

Match.com

ProsCons
  • Large User Base
  • User safety and security are top priority
  • Meetups encourage offline interaction
  • Lots of options can make decision-making difficult
  • Connections require extra effort
  • Expensive

If true love is your goal, stick to a classic dating site like Match.com. It’s been around since 1995, making it one of the most popular and well-trusted in the world of dating. Since it’s so popular, Match has an extensive use base, upping your chances of finding the perfect match, no matter your age, location, or interests. Having options is great and all, but what really differentiates Match from other of-the-moment dating apps and websites is its attention to quality. There is no — we repeat: no — way to message or interact with potential matches without paying a price, which means everyone using Match is committed to finding a relationship — whether it’s friends with benefits or something more serious. So, don’t come here if you want to mindlessly swipe left or right, because Match requires a little more effort and attention. The end result, however, is worth it, especially because a 2012 Science Daily report found that nearly 47% of Match’s success stories end in marriage. 

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eHarmony

ProsCons
  • Science-backed matching
  • Limited matches depending on location and settings
  • Information-packed profiles
  • No same-sex relationship options
  • Easy to lie during profile setup
  • Can only view matched profiles

Sure, the process of signing up for eHarmony may not match your efficiency level (It’s long-winded, okay), but the results are well worth it. eHarmony relies on science led by psychologist Dr. Neil Clark to find fruitful matches for users. That means you may notice far less matches than other dating websites and apps, but more quality picks. That being said, eHarmony is recognized for its ability to foster marriages … not hookups, so make sure that’s what you’re looking for before taking time to set up a profile. 

The catch: eHarmony hasn’t yet made it’s services inclusive to all genders and sexual orientations. So, basically, if you fall anywhere in the LGBTQI umbrella, it may be hard for you to find a match. 

Read Our eHarmony Review

Elite Singles

ProsCons
  • More mature users
  • Robust dating profiles
  • Easy to have a conversation
  • Expensive
  • Photo requirements are lacking
  • Glitchy technology

The name really says it all: Elite Singles is reserved for the elite a.k.a.mature adults with money to spend. To prove that they take finding relationships seriously, Elite Singles uses a “Five Factor” personality test to find matches. The test, along with their photo approval process, makes sure that every user is as authentic as possible and therefore, putting their best face forward to potential matches.

Although Elite Singles sounds exclusive, there are no requirements to sign up — just the intention to meet someone and find true love. With that being said, Elite Singles does require you to pay a hefty monthly membership fee to engage with — or even message — potential suitors, so it’s safe to say you’ll need a chunk of change to make it worth your while. 

Read Our Elite Singles Review

The League

The League Dating App

ProsCons
  • Screens out colleagues
  • Profile auto-populated from LinkedIn
  • Unique algorithm to up your chances
  • Selective process (only 20 to 30 percent acceptance rate)
  • Expensive
  • Short “About Me” Bio

Unlike other dating apps and websites, The League has an extensive vetting process to make sure you’re worthy of the other singles. The site, which is only accepts people “seeking drive, not double D’s,” has every right to turn you away, especially if you don’t meet their education or job requirement standards. FYI, if you’ll better your chances of getting approved if you work in tech, consulting, or finance (surprise, surprise). The acceptance rate falls somewhere between 20 – 30 percent, depending on the city. 

The algorithm is, well, confusing. If you log in to the app daily, you’ll be rewarded with a 10% higher match rate (proves to be loyal, right?). Any flaky behavior will also penalize you, putting you in The League’s not-so-official jail until you redeem yourself. 

Bumble

ProsCons
  • Equal gender demographics
  • Women have control
  • Quick, easy setup
  • Messaging limitations
  • Not hookup-proof
  • Geographic limitations 

If you haven’t given Bumble a try yet, um, hello? It’s one of the most popular dating apps for one very important reason: It gives women a well-deserved seat at the table. In other words, women take charge by initiating conversations with matches, rather than the other way around. (And don’t worry, the app has a near 50/50 male-to-female ratio.) The intention is to cut down on the number of sleazy, potentially threatening messages that women receive on most dating apps, making it a great fit for any professional woman looking to find love or, ya know, some adult fun.

After showing interest in someone by swiping right or left on their profile, you have 24 hours to initiate a conversation or the match is lost. During the early stages, you can use Bumble for free, but when you want to give your love life a boost — literally — opt for the premium membership, aptly named “Bumble Boost” for $8.99 a week.

OkCupid

ProsCons
  • Easy to signup
  • Free and inexpensive to upgrade
  • Thorough matching system
  • Pay to get full functionality
  • Smaller dating pool
  • Better for casual dating

If it feels like OkCupid has been around forever, it’s probably because it actually has. Even without all the bells and whistles that make up today’s latest-and-greatest dating apps, OkCupid still reigns supreme because it’s extremely easy to use and best of all, completely free. Once signing up, you can search for matches as well as send and receive messages from potential suitors without shelling out for a membership. The catch: Like most other popular dating apps, your success on OkCupid is fueled primarily by attractiveness rather than thoughtful profile answers or interesting bios (although those certainly help). Because of this, you’ll have to be more cautious about weeding out bad matches and potential catfishers

Read Our OkCupid Review

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