Then things tapered off to where we can go months without really touching beyond hugging and giving each other a little peck on the lips.
When it comes to dating and romance now, what differences would a single Dad in his 50s encounter compared to his single son in his 20s?
But - hard-nosed as it sounds, and I can't pretend it's always easy - take the emotion out of it or you will be hurt over and over again.
After all, a lot of today's married couples met on a dating site.
But if that is what you are after, you must be extra wary of (pardon the expression) who you "get into bed with." As a mature adult you'll need to employ all the healthy skepticism you've built up over the decades, because it's easy on the internet for a person to be economical with the truth, or to tell outright lies about who they are and what they're after. So, lesson number one: believe in nothing until it happens, and no one until you know them.
Emotionally, you need to construct a wall around yourself which nobody can penetrate until you believe it to be safe.
People will plunder your emotions without compunction if you let them. Some women, in particular, leave themselves emotionally vulnerable by investing too much hope in a particular potential mate, or after physical intimacy with someone.