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.
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.
Simply fill out a profile on Tipsys, include your hobbies, convenient times, and neighborhoods for meet-ups, and add your budget for outings and preferred drink.
Tipsys takes it from there, helping connect like-minded folk and hopefully bridging the gap between online social networking and real-world friendship.
It’s only available in Tokyo and central Japan right now, but hopefully it will spread to [cue the Beatles] all the lonely people around the world soon.
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.