A few weeks later, she joined him for "a wonderful weekend" in his home state. (For men, the figure was 90 percent.) And should they be propositioned by someone they found attractive, 48 percent of the women (and 69 percent of the men) said they would be tempted to have sex outside the relationship.
Indeed, many surrendered to that lure in actuality: 36 percent of female respondents (but, surprisingly, just 21 percent of the men) had spent a night with an old flame, typically at a class reunion.
En español | You made the mistake of asking your adult daughter if that guy she went out with last night was "anything serious." She gave you a nonchalant shrug and smiled.
But since the term was coined, plenty of other new dating terms have arisen.
There's phubbing, when someone ignores you to pay attention to their phone; mooning, or using the “do not disturb” mode to ignore texts from a specific sender; and even Trumping, when someone falsely claims to support Trump to get people to leave them alone.
It's basically as if they've been underwater and out of sight for weeks or months only to reemerge in your life, leaving you bewildered.
If you're being submarined, you may want to ask the culprit where the hell they went or you may prefer to play it cool.
Either way, feel no pressure to give them another chance.
There's someone else out there who will be much more communicative about their, um, underwater adventures.
Further evidence of Roving Eye Syndrome came from a study of sexuality in the United States commissioned by AARP in 2009: It found that 6 percent to 8 percent of singles age 50 and up were dating more than one person at a time.
The same study revealed 11 percent of survey respondents were in a sexual relationship that did not involve cohabitation.
Many older divorced or widowed men and women are in the same boat. You're probably not desperate enough to stalk your neighbors, or to go looking for friends with benefits in all the wrong places (bars come to mind).
They feel protective of their privacy and peace of mind, but they haven't become eunuchs or hermits. But offered a chance to reconnect with someone from your past — dinner with your high school steady, for example — you might just surprise yourself by winding up in bed.
That doesn't mean all casual lovers feel emotionally bereft in the wake of a purely physical rendezvous, mind you.