The first prominent online dating site was Match.com, which launched in 1995.

e Harmony started in 2000, Ok Cupid in 2004, and more recently, a wave of mobile people-swiping apps, like Tinder and Hinge, have become wildly popular.

Effective dating definitely needs to take place in person, the same way your grandfather did it, but I see no good reason why happens—and for the most important mission in most of our lives, it makes no sense to crush your ability to meet great people to try a first date with because it’s not as good a story to have met them online.

I’ve already expressed my argument for why in two posts: one on how critical it is to find the right life partner and how seriously we should take that quest, and another on why going to bars is a terrible life experience.

The first step in ending up with the right person is meeting the right person, and for something so important in our lives, we’ve had for doing it efficiently and intelligently.

And for people who have no interest in serious dating and just want to find people to hook up with?

Online is a much better way to accomplish that too.

Simply start your search here, with one of the 7 best online dating sites for over 40 men. It’s becoming increasingly popular with singles of all ages, especially on

Match is one of the best dating sites for singles in their 40s and up.

The site claims almost 50% of their members are 30-49 years old, and 26.5% are 50 .

Match charges a monthly fee, which means you are more likely to find women there who are serious about meeting someone.

That said, there are plenty of women of all ages on Ok Cupid and it just takes a few minutes to open an account and have a look around.

If you like what you see, then you will need to create a profile for this site and answer dozens of their quirky “Questions.”The questions can be a bit tedious and random, but the more you answer, the higher your match score with another user can be. Then you choose which answers you will accept in a match.

PRO TIP: Don’t waste time messaging women who haven’t even logged into their accounts within the last week.