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12 of the best dating sites for working professionals

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There are three realizations you come to once you enter the real world as a working adult: 

1. A 9 to 5 job is rarely ever just 9 to 5.

2. Your free time is pretty limited.

3. Dating sucks.

The social freedoms you enjoyed before joining the rat race take a hit once you're working for The Man. Unfortunately for singles, this can be hazardous for your dating life. 

For busy professionals, the idea of "finding someone" might seem like a daunting task. With deadlines, work dinners, and meetings galore, trying to meet someone often falls to the very end of your to do list. If you're an introvert as it is, your social meter is way too drained from small talk with colleagues to even think about introducing yourself to a cute random. This is why dating apps were invented though: to make online dating way easier, enabling you to use your free time wisely.  Read more...

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BEST IF EDUCATION MATTERS

EliteSingles

Meet other busy professionals who took a lengthy personality test and are likely to have a college degree.

  • 6 months: $44.95/month
  • 3 months: $57.95/month
  • 12 months: $31.95/month

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BEST FOR TYPE-A PERSONALITIES

Match

Match has the benefit of a huge user database and years of perfecting the algorithm, but it takes patience and effort.

  • 3 months: $23.99/month
  • 6 months: $20.99/month
  • 12 months: $19.99/month

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BEST TINDER ALTERNATIVE

Hinge

It's less hookup-based than Tinder, less serious than Match, and is extremely popular in big cities.

  • Basic subscription: Free
  • Hinge Preferred: $7/month

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BEST APP/FULL PROFILE HYBRID

OkCupid

OkCupid has lots of users, a good price, and helps you weed out potential dates by political views.

  • Basic subscription: Free
  • 1 month of A-List: $9.95/month
  • 3 months of A-List: $7.95/mpnth
  • 6 months of A-List: $4.95/month

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BEST FOR WOMEN WHO DON'T HAVE TIME TO WASTE

Bumble

Bumble puts women in the driver's seat, changing the dating dynamic.

  • Basic subscription: Free
  • Bumble Boost: $24.99/month

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BEST FOR BLIND DATES

Ship

When you're too distracted by work to even do your own swiping, Ship lets your friends make picks for you.

  • Basic membership: Free

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BEST FOR SERENDIPITOUS MEETINGS

Happn

Happn shows you the people you walked right by and didn't notice and isn't ultra time consuming.

  • Price: Free, but with optional purchases like "charms"

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BEST FOR QUICK HOOKUPS

Adult Friend Finder

When your career comes first and dating comes last, AdultFriendFinder can at least help you fill the sexual void.

  • Basic membership: Free
  • 1 month of Gold: $30/month
  • 3 months of Gold: $20/month
  • 1 year of Gold: $15/month

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BEST IF YOU LOVE LINKEDIN

BeLinked

BeLinked hopes to be the Tinder version of LinkedIn, but it's having a hard time getting off the ground.

  • One month: $6.99/month

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BEST IF YOU WANT A DATING ASSISTANT

Zoosk

Zoosk uses technology to work behind the scenes and learns what you like as you use it — just avoid all the fake profiles.

  • Basic subscription: Free
  • 1 month: $29.95/month
  • 3 months: $19.98/month
  • 6 months: $12.49/month

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BEST IF YOU NEED A LITTLE PUSH

Coffee Meets Bagel

Coffee Meets Bagel is all about getting users to actually meet up and talk.

  • Basic subscription: Free
  • 1 month: $34.99/month
  • 3 months: $24.99/month
  • 6 months: $19.99/month
  • 1 year: $14.99/month

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BEST FOR PROFESSIONALS WHO SWING

99 Flavors

Working couples can expand from their M-F routine with this site that's dedicated to couples finding playmates.

  • One month of Gold: $40/month
  • Three months of Gold: $27/month
  • One year of Gold: $20/month

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