Whatever the equivalent of carpal tunnel syndrome is for thumbs, sometimes the repetitiveness of swiping the same pool of people on apps like Tinder can hurt—both physically and mentally. So before we move any further, no, you're not going to be single forever, and yes, Coffee Meets Bagel is a real app.
There's also a nifty interactive Date Map that lets you track who is else is vibing in the area and wants to chat/get tacos/hang out at a cafe. Tastebuds gives you the option of adding your favorite artists and easy messaging to schedule listening parties for new releases.The app tracks your daily patterns to alert you of Happn users that are in your area at all times of the day, plus notes on how many times you've crossed paths and where." title="Happn" src="data:image/gif;base64, R0l GODlh AQABAIAAAAAAAP///y H5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" data-src="https://hips.hearstapps.com/mac.h-cdn.co/assets/16/21/mc_052616_apps-happn1.jpg?crop=1xw:1.0xh;center,top&resize=768:*" /DOWNLOAD ITOnce you get over the hump of thinking "Great, everyone knows where I live," Happn's the ideal way to see if you're connecting with the local barista you love without actually having to draft a Missed Connection on Craigslist.The app also operates on a series of questions, though the prompts read more like icebreakers (they're designed to sound like first-date bar questions).Dating in my twenties and thirties made me feel like Odysseus, trying to choose between dashing myself on the ego-bruising rocks of casual romps or a slow death from unrequited lust for garbage humans.No swipes, but it does match you with your extended network…AKA friends of friends.(Always a bonus matching with your best friend’s boyfriend’s best friend! Their tagline is, “Meet your everything bagel today,” and that’s all we’re going to say about that.There was the ex who brutally dumped me but wouldn't stop emailing me for months, whose presence at dorky work gatherings made me dizzy; the sociopathic film critic whose shoulder I virtually cried on; the go-nowhere first dates; and the great, wide swaths of time spent single, usually pining after some unavailable director or writer who'd relish my attention and nothing else. There were a few things that sent me into a panic about turning 40, but the biggest — looming larger than the golden ring of a book deal or a staff job or, like, finally going back to yoga — was what it meant for me to still be single and actively looking for a partner at that age. If you're not familiar with the exciting world of online dating, sites and apps let you set search parameters that range from location to body type to education and, yes, age range.Not so much even that I was single, but that I and what that implied. There are plenty of things I simply do not give a single solitary fuck about when it comes to what women my age are supposed to be doing. Just as there are movies on Netflix you might never stumble across in your bleary-eyed scrolling, there are plenty of people you might never see through some whim of programming code.The app also operates on a series of questions, though the prompts read more like icebreakers (they're designed to sound like first-date bar questions).Beats thinking up prompts like "Sexy is..." on your own time!