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.
Everyone You Date Has a Lot of Baggage
Meeting Someone Organically Is Close to Impossible
The Deal Breakers Are Bigger Deals
The Dating Pool Is Very Shallow
You Have to Be at Work in the Morning
Lowering Your Expectations Can be Kind of a Drag
Everyone Assumes You Have Some Inherent Flaw
Dating Someone Younger Than You Requires too Much Work
Your Childish Idiosyncrasies Are No Longer Charming
You Have to Figure Out What You Actually Want
A Five Mile Dating Radius Becomes a Real Thing
No One Can Stay up as Late Anymore
Making Small Talk Gets Harder as You Get Older
The Drinks Are Much More Expensive
Online Dating Is Embarrassing
Why Date When There Are So Many Good TV Shows?
Everyone You Meet Has a Distinct Air of Desperation Around Them
The Horrors of Over 30s Singles Mixers
Long Term Couples Constantly Talk Down to You
The Tick-Tock of Your Biological Clock Is Deafening
You Suddenly Have to Develop Strong Feelings About Childcare
Most of the Dudes You Meet Are Probably Serial Killers
Everyone Feels Like They're Trying to Tie You Down
People Won't Stop Trying to Set You Up with Their Weird Cousins
The Singles' Table at Your Friend's Wedding