This post is sponsored by OlderDating.com. All opinions are entirely my own.
I hear it all the time. Dating is hard. Somehow it manages to get even more exhausting and complicated the older we get. What (or who) is to blame here? Limited attention spans? A shrinking pool of available mates? The dawn of social media? Whatever the reason, dating will likely present a variety of new challenges at each stage in life. Here is my very unscientific look at what it’s like to date through the years (please note: my conclusions are drawn mainly from my own experiences and what I see happening around me. Obviously a fair bit of generalization is at stake so please don’t take it too seriously). 🙂
Teens: Raging hormones; we are babies and have no idea what we are doing
20s: We’re far too young to commit; too many seeds to sow
30s: We focus on advancing our careers; relationships often take a backseat
40s: Career = stable. Finances finally fall into place. We are ready to commit, but the dating pool shows a lot of divorcées, which tends to complicate things
50s: The search for pure companionship continues. Kids (if there are any) are older; men and women tend to approach dating differently. Women want to be intellectually stimulated, men sometimes like to be stimulated in other ways (eye roll)
60s: You begin to think about retirement and all the things you can do with your life now that the home is paid for and the kids are off. For couples lucky to have stayed together, now is the time you reconnect. For divorcées, challenges abound—thank Buddha for online dating. Here is a great resource for over 50s dating, for anyone interested.
Beyond that, I’m not sure I could make a precise generalization. I don’t know anyone dating in their 70s+, but would love to hear about some of the challenges and experiences at this—and any—stage in life.
Also here is a hilarious look at what dating is like for Jamie Foxx (“It’s tough out there!”)
What has been your experience with dating? Would love to know your thoughts and
happy Monday, all!