I haven’t been in the dating world in quite a while. The last time I had to worry about who I’d be spending my Saturday nights with, Netflix & Chill wasn’t yet a thing. In fact, Netflix was still just a movie-by-mail service. Zuckerberg had just started his world-domination by making Facebook available to everyone. I was still ranking my friends on my MySpace ’Top 8.’ My cell phone was just barely bigger than your car’s key fob, and you had to flip it to open it. And forget touchscreen — the iPhone wouldn’t make that popular for another year.
Fast-forward to 2018, and boy, have things changed. No, I’m not in the dating world. But I hear a lot about it. Jenna from the Kidd Kraddick Morning Show talks about it pretty much every morning, I read social media posts about it, and I have a lot of friends who are dating.
Recently, a female friend of mine received a text that I hear many women receive whether they want to or not. It was a picture from a guy. She didn’t ask for the picture and doesn’t even like the guy, nor has she ever gone on a date with him. In fact, she’s in a long-term committed relationship with someone. If you haven’t figured it out by now, the text was a picture of the guy’s junk. A grown woman received this from a grown man who I would have thought had long outgrown such immature things. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard of this happening; it’s just the first time I witnessed it.
Maybe it’s because I haven’t dated in 12 years, but I don’t understand it. I mean, if you’re dating someone and your relationship is in a place that you exchange these pics, then sure. But to just send the pic out-of-the-blue all willy-nilly seems weird. I’ve spent most of my life hoping that no one sees me naked. Never would I think that some random woman could be swooned by a surprise pic of my nether regions. But, like I said, I am several years removed from the dating scene. Maybe this has worked for one or two of these guys. Or maybe they’re all just positive thinkers: “I’m sure ONE day this will work!”
You may be wondering why I care if I’m not in the dating pool. I have two kids that will be entering the game soon. I try to advise my oldest son on how to treat a woman, but he’s 16 so 98.3 percent of what I say goes in one ear and out the other. But my daughter is 13 and just getting into what I feel like is unavoidable disaster. I almost feel like we’re standing on the edge of a minefield telling her to “watch her step.” I know how guys were when I was younger. We were quite tenacious, but we weren’t sending anyone pictures of our mini-me. Of course, we would have had to mail it, which I’m sure would have led to the longest 5 to 7 business days of my life.
But there is hope. Last weekend, I was at the mall when a friend of mine was approached by a woman who said, “Hey, you’re not married, are you?” To which he replied: “No, I’m not.” She then explained that her friend thought he was hot and wanted to give him her phone number. It was a little ‘middle school,’ but I smiled because it gave me hope that not everyone is relying on apps and swiping for their dates. I took it upon myself to tell that girl that I am married and couldn’t accept any numbers. I’d like to say she was disappointed to hear that, but she wasn’t. In fact, she completely ignored me. What can I say? The ol’ guy’s still got it!