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There are a lot of happy and healthy singles over 50 nowadays. People are living longer and their health is better which allows them to lead an active life much longer than before. And it becomes more and more popular to seek some romance for people over 50.
The attitude of dating after 50 has also changed. Most people nowadays think everyone has the right to be happy and to be in love independent of their age.
One of the most significant changes that happened to people dating after 50 is online dating. There are dating sites that are created specifically for older people. There are also a lot of apps and just more people engaged in dating online in general.
According to the Pew poll, the number of people dating 55-64 has doubled in just two years. Dating (especially if you are looking for a good and solid long-term relationship) is hard for anybody. It’s just that your memories of dating “back then” may not be as helpful as you thought it would be. A lot of stuff has changed culturally and you and your potential partners are not the same people you were back then.
Let’s take a look at dating over 50 and kissing:
Dating Over 50 – First Kiss
The first kiss may be the start of a great relationship or become its downfall if it doesn’t feel right to one of the partners. Although it’s not a rule that is set in stone, you can’t underestimate the importance of the first kiss.
It’s also good to remember that to men and women kissing means different things. Men take kissing as a way to kick things up a notch, making a more sexual connection. While women use kissing as a tool for assessing a man as a long-term partner.
But don’t be discouraged if your first kiss wasn’t the best. Some experts say that a bad first kiss may tell you that a person is not a serial dater who is used to make a good first impression, but a normal human being that is nervous, shy or over-excited as we all are sometimes.
So it’s your choice to decide if you want to pay close attention to a first kiss or just wait for more solid hints about the prospects of further romance.
Dating Over 50 – When to Kiss
The questions “How long should you wait to kiss?” or “Do you kiss on the first date?” are probably as old as the human civilization itself and it bothers people of both sexes and all ages. Of course, a large part of the answer depends solely on how you feel. If you think that you can kiss a person after only one date — go for it, and if you think you should wait a little longer — that’s fine too.
According to the polls, just a bit over a half people aged 50+ thinks that it is okay to kiss after the first date. And that’s a bit of a conundrum as your partner might view the early kiss as a sign you are not serious enough and not looking for a long-term thing. Or, it may be judged as a lack of any romance and sexual tension between you.
There is no easy way out. Just observe the situation closely and if you feel like your partner is showing hesitation it may better to leave the first kiss for a second date. Just make sure you make it to a second date.
There’s a lot of different variables that affect the “when to kiss” situation. It’s not a taboo to rush things a bit but you shouldn’t just do it carelessly.
Observe your partner and pay attention to verbal and nonverbal cues. Pick a moment that is good for both of you and go for it. If you do things right, there’s nothing better to start a great relationship then a passionate and well-timed first kiss.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.