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In my late 40s, I never thought I would turn to a "hook-up" app for romance. After my marriage of 12 years ended, I spent most of the past decade building a successful career that allowed me the time and flexibility I needed to raise my son and assembling a close-knit circle of friends.
Although my ex-husband and I co-parent our now 12-year old son, my son spends 75% of his time at my home.
I didn't and we dated for a few more months but parted ways once we determined we wanted different things from a relationship. We matched on Tinder and he immediately asked me to dinner.
Our dinner, at a local restaurant specializing in all kinds of meat, lasted four hours.
I'm not sure if it's because older women are seen as more interesting or self-assured, or (as I suspect) because men watch too many X-rated films centered on the younger man/older woman trope. Another downside is that when I match with someone, we are freed from face-to-face communication, which isn't always good.
Many men act in ways I imagine they would if they were sitting across from me over dinner.
While none of these options interest me, I certainly receive many offers.
Many of these offers come from much younger men (I mean, 15, 20, or 25 years younger).
In the past year, I've dated two different men that I met on Tinder. Our first date was in a left-wing cooperative bookstore and cafe.
For the uninitiated, Tinder is a mobile dating app that allows users to locate other singles in their geographic area. They can then start viewing photos of other users who match their age, gender, and location criteria.
Users swipe right if they like what they see and swipe left if they don’t.
Tinder's strength is that it easily tells you when there is a mutual attraction. For me, the benefits of using a dating app far outweigh its drawbacks.
And rather than wishing on a star, I will take matters into my own hands, swiping right towards my next romance.