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King Of The Lonesome Heart And Tinder In Cardboard Is Still A Better Date Than You. And Me.

Whether you’re dating baby boomers, or wondering what it would feel like dating one in 2014, may not be the best place to start.

One man said he spent his first 48 hours on Tinder being ignored.

It made him feel less attractive than when he started.

If he wasn’t dating before Tinder, his chances are worse afterward with such a blow to his self-esteem.

Like most boomer dads, my kids know more about online dating than me. Being married twenty eight years cuts into the dating scene.

I investigated Portland baby boomer dating though, addressing the Baby Boomer Social Club with a post titled “Keeping Abreast Of Portland Baby Boomer Dating” and a picture of the statue Portlandia’s side-boob as an inside joke.

Tinder takes it a little further.

It was all the rage at the Winter Olympics. Somehow international athletes overcame the language barrier to move from talking to hand signals.

Piling on Facebook’s current woes, wiki says of Tinder:

Using Facebook profiles, Tinder gathers users’ basic information and analyzes users’ social graph to match potential candidates who are most likely to be compatible based on geographical location, number of mutual friends and common interests.

Facebook profiles? Is this worse than Huffington Post signing readers up through Facebook, exposing friends on every list to further emotional manipulation?

You could end up wallowing in pity like David Wygant:

“Unless you have a very thick skin, you should stay well away from places like Tinder. They’ll destroy what little confidence you have. Imagine sending out 100 hearts and not one-person contacts you back. How are you going to feel about yourself?”

Or worse, you could drop out like one of the co-founders, then sue for sexual harassment.

“Whitney Wolfe, Tinder’s former marketing vice president, claims she was subjected to a pattern of abusive behavior including inappropriate private messages from a company co-founder while working at Tinder.
In the suit, she alleges Tinder co-founder and marketing chief Justin Mateen stripped Wolfe of her co-founder title, telling her that having a “24‐year-old girl” as a co-founder made the company “seem like a joke.”
Wolfe also alleges Mateen called her a “whore” in front of Chief Executive Officer Sean Rad. Mateen could not be reached for comment.”

Note to boomer daters: never call anyone a whore. It’s not a compliment, even on Tinder. Even in 2014.

My advice to boomer men on the dating wheel: Start building your date up from the start. Talk nice, act nice, be nice. Why? Because her self-esteem is very low. After all, look who she’s dating.

For boomer women: You’ve seen the slipperiest bunch of scoundrels to ever make daylight in boomer men. You’ll handle the amateurs on Tinder just fine.

This is the sort of warm, fuzzy, advice you just can’t find anywhere else.

What’s your best advice? Try this: Dancing. 2014.

Show Up And Get Down, Just Not Too Far Or It's Back To Tinder.

Show Up And Get Down, Just Not Too Far Or It’s Back To Tinder.




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