The problem is that with most casual dating there is a rush to intimacy.This leads the man to feel trapped, the woman to feel a need to chase and the whole relationship collapses, leaving no one satisfied, according to the book Mars and Venus on a Date: A Guide for Navigating the 5 Stages of Dating to Create a Loving and Lasting Relationship"Mars and Venus on a Date.If you do run across someone who wants a “casual relationship”, or “short term dating” as they say on OKCupid, then you will want to ask sooner rather than later what that exactly means to that person and make sure you are ok with the terms.I personally am not opposed to any of those options on moral grounds, but I have never been one to sleep with more than one person at a time and don’t plan to start now when I am almost 50.By the time they reach middle age, many people have experienced emotionally wrenching events such as divorce, job loss, financial setbacks, illness or the death of a spouse.Those experiences can leave emotional scars that make it difficult to form new intimate relationships.If on the other hand, you are OK with casual dating, you may want to start a collection of FWBs, which is a kind of polyamory.My experience with FWBs is that they do not want to see you very often; usually once a week.
Do you have to tell your new lover that you slept with someone last month and think they may call again but are not sure?
Many middle-aged people are responsible for the care of their aging parents.
Those caught in "the sandwich generation" -- squeezed between the needs of young children and those of aging parents – sometimes despair of ever having a social life again.
Dating sometimes seems like the only road out of the land of singles, and for the middle-aged, it's a road filled with potholes.
Many people in midlife have family obligations that limit the time they can devote to dating.