Casual relationships, also known to some as ‘hookups’, are not typically associated with the baby boomer population. However, the ignorance that people over the age of 50 don’t hook up is what causes so much confusion and so many STDs in the age group. Believe it or not, this group is at the top of the list for the most likely to get an STD or STI. Because no one talks about casual dating at our age, it can be difficult to understand that protection is still necessary and caution is always a must.
Active adults do hook up. It’s been going on for years and that’s not going to change. In order to ensure that these adults are safe and healthy, more education needs to be provided on things like diseases and relationship issues. Casual relationships aren’t ideal for everyone. Some people need more substance or are strictly looking for companionship. However, there are plenty of adults out there enjoying their second act of life by meeting people and forming casual relationships or having ‘flings’ as they please. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, after all.
Before you think about having a casual relationship, you should ask yourself if you can handle it. Are you prepared for the no strings attached nature of these relationships? Can you handle meeting someone for a quick hookup and then walking away? Is sex the only thing that you are looking to get from the relationship? Yes, we are talking about sex. We’re grown adults here and you really have to know what you are getting yourself into. Make sure that you weigh the pros and cons and figure out what is most important to you so that you can establish the kinds of relationships that you want.
Some people completely abhor the idea of casual relationships. Others think it’s the greatest idea ever. No matter what your stance may be, we all need to be aware that this is going on and that it’s perfectly healthy and normal. You might actually be surprised to find out how popular this really is, but it just goes to prove that everyone has different needs and some people need casual relationships with nothing else involved.