Dating

The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s 

Jacob Shelton
Updated June 14, 2019 8k votes 704 voters 14.6k 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 ... 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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Meeting Someone Organica... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
Meeting Someone Organically Is Close to Impossible
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The Dating Pool Is Very ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
The Dating Pool Is Very Shallow
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You Have to Be at Work i... 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 Bi... 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 Expectatio... 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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Dating Someone Younger T... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
Dating Someone Younger Than You Requires too Much Work
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Everyone Assumes You Hav... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
Everyone Assumes You Have Some Inherent Flaw
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Your Childish Idiosyncra... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
Your Childish Idiosyncrasies Are No Longer Charming
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You Have to Figure Out W... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
You Have to Figure Out What You Actually Want
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No One Can Stay up as La... 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 Radiu... 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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Making Small Talk Gets H... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
Making Small Talk Gets Harder as You Get Older
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Online Dating Is Embarra... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
Online Dating Is Embarrassing
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The Drinks Are Much More... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
The Drinks Are Much More Expensive
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Why Date When There Are ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 Consta... 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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The Tick-Tock of Your Bi... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
The Tick-Tock of Your Biological Clock Is Deafening
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Everyone Feels Like They... is listed (or ranked) 21 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 Dev... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
You Suddenly Have to Develop Strong Feelings About Childcare
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Most of the Dudes You Me... is listed (or ranked) 23 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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People Won't Stop Trying... 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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The Singles' Table at Yo... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Things About Dating in Your 30s
The Singles' Table at Your Friend's Wedding