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"Especially among older people who went through the sexual revolution, with maturity they realize there are emotional consequences for getting involved in a sexual relationship," says Allen, author of Celebrating Single and Getting Love Right: From Stalemate to Soulmate.
According to the singles whom Allen has encountered, boomers generally play by far different dating rules than young, 20-something daters.
Rhode Island health officials reported that the state has seen an uptick in a number of STDs over the last year, and they believe dating apps are playing a role in this rise.
A poll conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2013 found 59 percent of Americans believe the Internet is a perfectly respectable place to seek out partners.
Websites such as Ok Cupid and phone apps like Tinder and Grindr allow users to connect with a large and diverse pool of people.
Rhode Island health officials also say the number of newly diagnosed HIV patients went up 33 percent, and gonorrhea increased by 30 percent in the same year.
See Newsweek Though the state’s health department didn’t release information on the demographics of those diagnosed in that time period, the agency did note in its statement that gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men are at highest risk for contracting STDs.
In the best of worlds, Mustanski would like to see pop up prompts on dating apps that provide GPS-directed information on where a person can receive free or low-cost STD testing.