When Rhonda Lynn Way was in her 50s and on the dating scene for the first time since she was 21, she had no idea where to start. She tried to use dating apps, but the experience felt bizarre and daunting. Way is now 63 and still single. Throughout their adult life, their generation has had higher rates of separation and divorce, and lower rates of marriage in the first place , than the generations that preceded them.
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By the time I got into a serious dating relationship with my now-husband, I was I'd just turned 33 when we got married, and I didn't feel ready to have a baby until My twins were born a week to the day after I turned For me, this timeline was just right: I wouldn't have traded the five years I spent as a couple—just my hubby and me bonding, growing, and traveling together —for anything else in the world. And in California, where I live, this timeline seems fairly standard among my friends—in fact I'm one of the first among my besties to have kids. But is that true for most couples?
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To illustrate how much the timeframe can vary, we talked to nine women about how long it took them to take that scary leap of faith. It ended up being a total disaster—the guy was criticizing how I ate pizza—so I had to cut that nightmare short and have a friend come pick me up. It gave me more time to get to a better place mentally and emotionally and sort through and address the feelings I was having. When I had initially gotten on Tinder, that was more about instant validation. A lot of that was age—I was in my mid-twenties and I wanted to go out and do what my girlfriends were doing and date like them.
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