“At first, I thought it was because of online dating,” Kate told me. “I would say about 50% of my online dates end like that. I give them a nice moment, sufficient pause, and then they just hug me. So gross. But I’ve been online dating for a while and I don’t remember it always being this bad.”
“Do you think it’s because we’re old?” I asked, and by “old” I mean over thirty.
“Oh my God, you might be right.”
And I’m afraid I am. Because when we were in our twenties, macking down came easy. A date was just a date, and getting some action was often the only thing either party was seeking. But now, we are interviewing for babies, and the whole business of dating has become much more serious.
“It’s still not fair,” I whined to Kate, “I want to be kissed.”
Because I think that in this job interview for life partner, kissing is just as important as someone who can make me laugh. But more than the kiss itself, I want someone who is man enough to go in for the kill.
“It’s like I said,” Kate scoffed, “Pussies.”
I’m not sure if Kate is right, but I do know this, whether it’s the internet or old age holding back the men these days, they better start puckering up before we’ve all moved on to the next competitor.
Tell us: Do you want to kiss on the first date?
Kristen McGuiness is the author of 51/50: The Magical Adventures of a Single Life.