Romance The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s  

Jacob Shelton
6.7k votes 579 voters 12k views 29 items

List Rules Vote up the aspects of dating after you turn 30 that make you want to give up on romance altogether.

Dating in your 20s is amazing. Every one night stand is soundtracked by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and catered with PBR and ice cream floats. But then the clock strikes midnight at the end of your 29th year and suddenly you’re squinting while you read and all your friends are married. Dating in your thirties can still be fun, but you have more serious concerns than the albums in your date's record collection or if they’ve actually finished Infinite Jest (they haven’t). If you’re having trouble finding love after 30, you’re not alone.

The worst things about dating in your 30s can span any number of things, and we’re here to help you tally them all up and make you feel less alone before you watch that next episode of New Girl. It’s not impossible to find love with someone after you turn 30, but it’s not easy either. There’s a minefield of issues that arise on the thirtysomething dating scene, so why not wrap yourself up in your grandma's quilt and take a look at the worst parts of the dating scene after 30? What else are you doing?

Vote up the aspects of dating after 30 that make you think romance might not be worth it at all.

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Everyone You Date Has a Lot of... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
Everyone You Date Has a Lot of Baggage

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The Dating Pool Is Very Shallo... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
The Dating Pool Is Very Shallow

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Meeting Someone Organically Is... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
Meeting Someone Organically Is Close to Impossible

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You Have to Be at Work in the ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
You Have to Be at Work in the Morning

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The Deal Breakers Are Bigger D... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
The Deal Breakers Are Bigger Deals

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Lowering Your Expectations Can... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
Lowering Your Expectations Can be Kind of a Drag

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Everyone Assumes You Have Some... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
Everyone Assumes You Have Some Inherent Flaw

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Dating Someone Younger Than Yo... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
Dating Someone Younger Than You Requires too Much Work

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You Have to Figure Out What Yo... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
You Have to Figure Out What You Actually Want

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Your Childish Idiosyncrasies A... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
Your Childish Idiosyncrasies Are No Longer Charming

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No One Can Stay up as Late Any... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
No One Can Stay up as Late Anymore

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A Five Mile Dating Radius Beco... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
A Five Mile Dating Radius Becomes a Real Thing

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The Drinks Are Much More Expen... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
The Drinks Are Much More Expensive

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Online Dating Is Embarrassing is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
Online Dating Is Embarrassing

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Making Small Talk Gets Harder ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
Making Small Talk Gets Harder as You Get Older

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Why Date When There Are So Man... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
Why Date When There Are So Many Good TV Shows?

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Everyone You Meet Has a Distin... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
Everyone You Meet Has a Distinct Air of Desperation Around Them

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The Horrors of Over 30s Single... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
The Horrors of Over 30s Singles Mixers

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Long Term Couples Constantly T... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
Long Term Couples Constantly Talk Down to You

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Everyone Feels Like They'r... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
Everyone Feels Like They're Trying to Tie You Down

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You Suddenly Have to Develop S... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
You Suddenly Have to Develop Strong Feelings About Childcare

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The Tick-Tock of Your Biologic... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
The Tick-Tock of Your Biological Clock Is Deafening

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The Singles' Table at Your... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
The Singles' Table at Your Friend's Wedding

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People Won't Stop Trying t... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
People Won't Stop Trying to Set You Up with Their Weird Cousins

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Most of the Dudes You Meet Are... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
Most of the Dudes You Meet Are Probably Serial Killers

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Dancing Makes Your Back Hurt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
Dancing Makes Your Back Hurt

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Who Can Drink Coffee After 4pm... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
Who Can Drink Coffee After 4pm Anymore?

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There Aren't Enough People in ... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
There Aren't Enough People in Their 30s Listening to Insane Clown Posse

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Going to Dinner Is Tough Becau... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
Going to Dinner Is Tough Because You're on a Cleanse