Regardless of age, if you look around your social circle and see your friends coupling off -- making you feel like you're wearing a scarlet letter of divorce -- you're not alone.The good news is that meeting people is easier than it's ever been before and there are now tons of matchmaking outlets that weren't available before you tied the knot.But these hyperbolic pronouncements miss a deeper fact: At its core, "online dating" isn't something we just started doing 5, 10 or even 20 years ago.
One of the earliest personals ever placed was by a 30-year-old man, with "a very good estate', announcing he was in search of 'some good young gentlewoman that has a fortune of £3,000 or thereabouts." (£3,000 is equivalent to roughly £300,000 today.Wish you knew how many degrees away you were away from a blind date?There are plenty of sites and apps popping up that can help by tapping into your own social circle for dates, like Coffee Meets Bagel which gives you one match per day that is sourced from your friends-of-friends network on Facebook. Me, which allows you to create a Pinterest-like profile using your Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter accounts to weave together a colorful tapestry of you.One of my clients shot down a guy because his first date invitation was an SMS.My advice is to ask your date how they like to communicate -- simply expressing your interest in a direct manner goes a long way. The Race To The Altar Is Off: If you were married and it didn't end well, you might not be in such a hurry to tie the knot again. The number of married Americans has plummeted 20 percent since 1960.