7 Common Misconceptions About Dating After 50, Debunked

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Sex doesn't stop after 50!

We're Debunking These 7 Common Misconceptions About Dating After 50

Thanks to the internet and even the way media works, there are often misconceptions surrounding a wide variety of things.

Spreading false information about anything and everything is getting easier and easier these days. Hello, fake news.

Even for things as simple as dating, there are myths surrounding the topic—especially when it comes to dating over 50.

There is a slew of misinformation being spread about dating after 50, so we'd like to clear the air on the matter.

Below, we've debunked the most common misconceptions about dating after 50 to put your mind at ease!

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Misconception No. 1: People Don't Date After 50

Probably one of the biggest misconceptions out there is that people after 50 don't date. You're either already in a happy relationship or prepared to die alone. That couldn't be further from the truth. Plenty of people date after 50, as evident by the plethora of dating sites catering to the 50 plus crowd. So don't let others convince you that individuals over the age of 50 aren't looking for love, because many of them are.

Misconception No. 2: No One Over the Age of 50 Is Having Sex

We cannot stress this enough: People over the age of 50 are having sex. You don't just reach a certain age and stop having sex, that is entirely false. Sex is a part of life, so even as you get older, it's in your nature to want to get it on with your partner. That isn't true for everyone, but it is for most. One important thing to note is that you should still practice safe sex. Even after you're 50. You might not be able to get pregnant, but that doesn't mean you won't contract an STD.

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Misconception No. 3: Men Don't Want Relationships

This myth is still perpetuated in all age groups. Often times, we often hear that men don't relationships and prefer to just have fun. This isn't always the case, though sometimes it is. But the same can be said for a few women. Not all women want relationships either. The best way to know what the person you're interested in wants is to ask them up front. If you're looking for something serious and they only want something fun, it's best to know right away rather than further down the road.

Misconception No. 4: You Can Only Be in Serious Relationships After 50

Dating when you're over 50 is almost more about fun than it is when you're dating in your 20s or 30s. When you're younger, you're really looking for someone to settle down with. As you get older and have already had that, now's the best time to keep things casual. You don't have to be super serious about dating after 50, so don't treat it like a full-time job. It's simply a way to make friends or end up with the person of your dreams.

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Misconception No. 5: You're Only Allowed to Date People Over 50

Nope, not true at all. Just because you're over 50, doesn't mean you have to be with someone who's over 50. You can definitely date someone younger and shouldn't rule that idea out just because of your age. After all, it is just a number. So be with whoever makes you happy. At the end of the day, that's all that matters.

Misconception No. 6: Older Men Only Want to Be With Younger Women

Just as plenty of women want to date someone who is younger or older, so do plenty of men. While it may seem like a good majority want a younger woman as they get older, that's not entirely true. Plenty of men over 50 would prefer to be with someone over 50 who's dealing with the same age-related issues they are. Again, age is just a number.

Grace and Frankie via Netflix

Misconception No. 7: Your Standards Become Lower as You Age

The older we get, the more we realize what we really want out of life. With that, it's pretty evident our standards only become higher as we age. We're not as willing to settle as we once were when we were young and impressionable. That being said, don't take this as a sign to lower your standards. Keep them exactly where they're at.

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