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...More about Dating, Dating Apps, Okcupid, Mashable Shopping, and Zoosk
BEST IF EDUCATION MATTERSEliteSingles
Meet other busy professionals who took a lengthy personality test and are likely to have a college degree.
BEST FOR TYPE-A PERSONALITIESMatch
Match has the benefit of a huge user database and years of perfecting the algorithm, but it takes patience and effort.
BEST TINDER ALTERNATIVEHinge
It's less hookup-based than Tinder, less serious than Match, and is extremely popular in big cities.
BEST APP/FULL PROFILE HYBRIDOkCupid
OkCupid has lots of users, a good price, and helps you weed out potential dates by political views.
BEST FOR WOMEN WHO DON'T HAVE TIME TO WASTEBumble
Bumble puts women in the driver's seat, changing the dating dynamic.
BEST FOR BLIND DATESShip
When you're too distracted by work to even do your own swiping, Ship lets your friends make picks for you.
BEST FOR SERENDIPITOUS MEETINGSHappn
Happn shows you the people you walked right by and didn't notice and isn't ultra time consuming.
BEST FOR QUICK HOOKUPSAdult Friend Finder
When your career comes first and dating comes last, AdultFriendFinder can at least help you fill the sexual void.
BEST IF YOU LOVE LINKEDINBeLinked
BeLinked hopes to be the Tinder version of LinkedIn, but it's having a hard time getting off the ground.
BEST IF YOU WANT A DATING ASSISTANTZoosk
Zoosk uses technology to work behind the scenes and learns what you like as you use it — just avoid all the fake profiles.
BEST IF YOU NEED A LITTLE PUSHCoffee Meets Bagel
Coffee Meets Bagel is all about getting users to actually meet up and talk.
BEST FOR PROFESSIONALS WHO SWING99 Flavors
Working couples can expand from their M-F routine with this site that's dedicated to couples finding playmates.