Sixty-something sexologist Joan Price, for one, endorses "gray hookups," but with a couple of strong caveats: The people involved must be emotionally capable of handling their status as noncommitted bed partners, and they must protect themselves against sexually transmitted diseases.In a national study conducted in 2012, the Center for Sexual Health Promotion found sex partners over 50 twice as likely to use a condom when they regarded a sexual encounter as casual rather than as part of an ongoing relationship.For 50-plus types unwilling to walk — possibly rewalk — the path that leads to romance, rings and relocation, the prospect of a "friend with benefits" is looking less and less like a millennial indulgence.After all, it gets awfully lonely waiting around for "the one." Perhaps you've decided that what you need at this point in your life is someone to talk to and laugh with — someone with whom you can share the sheets, but not the tax refund.Our Compatibility Matching System narrows the field from thousands of senior singles to match you with a select group of compatible senior men or women with whom you can build healthy and happy relationships.It can be difficult to meet other single seniors with whom you share common interests, goals, and backgrounds within your geographical area. The e Harmony membership pool is an ethnically, racially, and religiously diverse group of quality individuals of all ages.It also can be challenging to determine the level of compatibility of a potential partner through the traditional online dating protocol of browsing profiles and photos.Determining compatibility could take years of getting to know someone.
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Can a casual sexual relationship exact an emotional toll?
For sure, people who associate intimacy with commitment are ill-suited to sex that's as meaningful as a summer breeze; for them, the FWB arrangement would be a bad idea.
Is that a deplorably manipulative state of affairs?
Possibly — until you stop to consider how many of us are comfortable with being unpartnered but how few of us are willing to remain untouched.