I remember hearing about a 92-year-old man who was healthy, had all his teeth and hair, and had a good sex drive, and who was also very attractive. He lived in a condominium and he was always in the company of one or two beautiful, young women.
Someone wanted to introduce him to a woman she thought would be great for him. The woman was sixty-five, intelligent, attractive, educated, and had a family who lived on the other side of the country. So, no interference from children and assorted relatives . . . Sounds perfect, right?
He wasn’t interested. He said that she was too old; he wouldn’t date anyone who was older than forty-five. At the time, I thought this was an atypical mindset and promptly put it out of my mind.
That was many years ago and I didn’t realize how much has changed in the last forty-five years until now. At that time there was no Internet. There was no such thing as social media sites. There was no online dating, for anyone, let alone, senior citizens.
But, now, the times they are a-changing.
There are not only social media sites and online dating sites, but there are senior citizen sites, as well. In fact, a new study shows that people over sixty are the fastest growing demographic in online dating.
Since the advent of these online dating sites, I kept hearing about men and women lying about their age, their finances, their marital status, and just about everything else. They would send pictures of themselves from twenty years ago and thirty pounds ago to one another and then bemoan the fact that they can’t find an honest partner.
I was under the impression that these comments were mostly from men and women in their forties and fifties but I have recently been disabused of those beliefs.
From what I have been hearing lately, men and women who are in their seventies, eighties, and nineties, are telling each other in emails that they are in their fifties and early sixties. I don’t know how they think they are going to pull it off when they meet in person but maybe they just want the fantasy to last a little longer.
I guess some things never change. No matter how old you are, the ego is alive and well and wants to be seen as the young bon vivant from yesteryear.