Dating in the late 40s

Fellas, if you're in your 50s, single and dating (and feeling like you're not getting anywhere), consider this a little friendly feedback from the ladies.

into a dark place,” because what if “all the really good girls that [they] would want to marry are taken,” as matchmaker Maria Avgitidis put it, having been snatched up by men “four years younger”? I’m sorry, but I, as a single 36-year-old woman who has seen nearly every promising new relationship combust the Well, the good news is, there are options!

And a generation that refuses to take on the stigmas of old age and give up vital aspects of themselves in the process? One of the worst of these stigmas is that a person can be "too old to fall in love." The 2009 census showed that of the 96 million Americans who are single, 17 percent of them are over 65.

Imagine these 16.2 million people writing off the possibility of spending the rest of their days with someone they love.

Even though I'm talking to the guys here, many of these points apply to you too. Dating in midlife isn't always easy, but at least you're all in it together, and you can all make it great.

So men, before you break out into a cold sweat, know that all this is well intended and researched. Since I got married for the first time at 51, I can speak from experience when it comes to dating men in their 50s.