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Why 30-Year-Olds Are Your Best Bet In Online Dating

I’ve noticed that a lot of guys profiles are looking for women ‘between the ages of 18 and 49.’ That seems pretty broad. I’m 28, is there a certain age range I should be shooting for?
Leah, Markham

Well Leah, most online personals websites have a default age range of 18-49, so if that’s what you’re seeing, it’s probably because they simply didn’t take the time to change it to something they deemed to be more appropriate.

In general, most people tend to shoot for a 1o-year radius, having their age at the centre. So for yourself, a 28 year old female, you would shoot for a 23-33 year old. Now trust me when I say that this theory is far from flawless, but it is what most people tend to do.

My suggestion is base the age you’re looking for on what you’re looking for in a match. Every decade falls under a stereotyped dating category, but for the most part, those stereotypes are pretty reliable.

The 20′s

If you make your search for people in their 20′s, you’re going to be faced with a lot of hookup requests and even more casual dates. People in their 20′s generally are looking for a good time and a temporary thrill, not a long-term commitment. If you’re looking for a good time to fill your schedule, 20 somethings are great for that, but if you want something more stable, you’re better off in a different decade.

The 30′s

This is the age people start to think about their futures with marriages and children, so if you’re looking for a serious commitment, then 30 somethings should be your focal point.

The 40′s +

People in their mid 40′s and older require some serious dedication. Most of them are coming out of a marriage and come fully equip with children which means, you guessed it, extra baggage. There’s no need to write them off, since people rarely are looking for divorce #2. If you start an online relationship with someone who has a failed marriage under their belt, you can safely assume that they’re going to go out of their way to make sure they won’t have to go down that road again. If you don’t mind dealing with some past demons, then there’s no need to avoid an older crowd.

The age rage you look for should all depend on the kind of relationship you want. Keep in mind that there’s always exceptions to the rule, but as a general rule of thumb, these descriptions should work out for you!


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