“It was—unbelievably—not a crazy experience.” Online dating has certainly lost its lonely-hearts stigma.
Just look at how many people seeking dates or mates are flocking to matchmaking sites and apps.
Now, as the adult child of an aging parent you may find the tables have turned, and it’s your turn to have “the talk.” Sure, it’s hard. Besides, if he also knows the rule, he’ll make an effort to ask questions and give her ample opportunity to talk, too. For as many as 25 percent of 65-year-old men, however, erectile dysfunction is a regular problem, according to the National Institutes of Health.
(Carrying quarters is still a good idea for toll plazas and parking meters, however.) Make sure your parent doesn’t leave the house without a fully charged cell phone – but remind Dad to avoid using the phone to check on sports scores, grandchildren or the latest cool apps. (The same goes for Dad – tiny Speedos are an absolute “no-no” if he takes a lady friend to the beach or pool! If mom wants to look sexy for her date, a turtleneck probably isn’t a good idea either, but neither is a plunging neckline that shows way too much cleavage. But remind her of the one rule of dating that has persisted even since she was a teenager: Let your date do the talking.
By no means did I intend to be patronizing by offering these important tips.
The goal was to make sure that mature adults who are re-entering the dating scene — especially if it’s been a long time — understand that the so-called “scene” has dramatically changed over the last decade.
You can do almost anything online these days: Check a bank balance, buy shoes, choose a mattress, order a cab.