10 percent of us singles are using dating sites

(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.

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.

Besides the convenience dating apps have brought into our lives, there are also ones that are saving us money while we search for a hookup, date, relationship, or whatever else our heart desires.

Here are our 13 Best Free Dating Apps, chosen not just for their lack of price but for their reputations, features, and uniqueness.

Making it past their screening process is no easy feat (unless you happen to be a minor celeb, you’re going to need some luck! But before you thumb your nose at it, it’s worth noting that if you’ve got a hobby that you really care about in your 40s—such as staying really fit, which we wholeheartedly encourage—it’s a terrific way to meet a compatible, like-minded person.

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