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Dating: Single and Looking for “The One” in America

Dating: Single and Looking for “The One” in America

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Dating is difficult. It’s difficult for people in their twenties. It’s difficult for the “newly single” – People who have divorced, or widows, whose partners have died later in life. So, is it more difficult to date in your twenties, or when you’re over fifty years old? What’s dating like in the United States?

Jason, a twenty-two-year-old college graduate, is an intelligent, good-looking young man. He says, “It’s hard. In college, women are everywhere – campus libraries, campus restaurants, everywhere. After college, you don’t know where to go. I also don’t have a lot of money. I feel like I should pay for everything, but I’m saving my money for graduate school.”

Are things any easier for Art, a fifty-year-old man who is divorced? “What’s difficult about dating? Women. When women don’t tell you how they really feel. For example, my last girlfriend used to ask me questions about my previous girlfriends. When I answered, she got angry because I was talking about other women.”

There are online dating sites to help them both. eHarmony is a popular online dating site. On many of these sites, you can fill out a questionnaire, and write a description of yourself. Others can see it.

What do people lie about the most on these descriptions? Men lie about their height. Women lie about their weight.

Many decades ago, Sigmund Freud asked, “What do women want?” According to top dating sites, women want three things: respect, time, and communication. What do men want? They want love and understanding.