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“Out there in the world are many, many younger men who would love to date older women, but would never do anything about it because there’s this appalling societal double standard.” Donald Trump is 24 years older than Melania, but no one is judging them!
Online/app dating has made this societally-taboo connection a lot easier.
From behind the privacy of their screens, browsers can say "no" to brown eyes just as easily as they can reject the unemployed.
While it may increase their odds of finding the right person for them, by the same token it might eliminate the hidden treasures.
All this, experts say, is changing the dating game.
The current dating scene includes group dating, trolling the internet for free or cheap events to take dates and an endless array of options of other eager singles to choose from via casual texts and late-night hookups...
Even Maria admits unemployment could be an issue when it comes to what she's seeking.
"I feel pretty low when I'm unemployed, so I don't know if I could handle meeting someone unemployed unless they handled it exceptionally well," she says.
"But if this wasn't a trigger for me, yes, I would go on a date with someone who was unemployed, as long as they were being proactive about it." Tyler Tervooren, who blogs about attracting women online, agrees "self-employed" seemed to be a turn-off on his Ok Cupid profile, until he changed it to the more alluring-sounding "entrepreneur." Insofar as what bearing our economy has on dating and employment, according to Fox Business in 2013, many young people are in the same position -- times are tough economically, and people across the board are generally favorable toward the "cheap date." For the same reasons, they are increasingly putting off more serious romantic decisions until later in life.
Twenty-nine-year-old Maria from Brooklyn is no stranger to the popular dating site Ok Cupid, but since recently quitting her job, she has encountered an unpleasant phenomenon with which many are already all too familiar. A different girl had "liked" her -- a means of expressing interest in someone else on the site.
First, a girl messaged Maria, an active user, and the two flirted back and forth for awhile. "We went back and forth for about a week," notes Maria, "each of us messaging around once a day.