Look before you click

Watch where you click on a computer screen.  That’s my advice ever since I tapped the wrong button on Facebook and arranged for my husband to receive daily invitations to meet other women, ones specially chosen to fit his age, interests and lifestyle. Don’t they get that married is part of his lifestyle?

It started four days ago when I accidentally sent an email from his inbox instead of my own. Still corresponding from his email address I then signed him up for this service, thinking I was clicking a link that would remind me of friends’ birthdays. I realized the problem when I checked his mail later in the day and found a page of “twenty-seven new search results.” These consisted of mostly well-designed photos of attractive females with their ages and an offer to click a pink button labeled “Flirt now,” which was conveniently located under each photo.

I was reluctant to confess what I had done, at least right away. I deleted the invitations and then forgot about the incident.  However, that evening when we were dining with neighbors, he told them he had just received information in his inbox about a possible mate.  He described her as a younger woman… of sixty-one.  This was the first time I learned that the service I had enrolled him in was also sending solo shots of women “scientifically matched” to become his next soul mate. Thus far he’s received one a day with his Facebook profile picture pasted on the same page as theirs. Is this to help him decide whether they would look cute together?

I suggested I add “Married for 41 years” to my husband’s Facebook page.  He rejected my idea on the grounds that at the rate I clicked the wrong buttons, if I tried to make changes, he’d probably end up with a mail-order bride.

The pages he receives warn him that if he doesn’t respond to the particular woman within twenty-four hours, he’s lost his chance. I’ve unsubscribed him three times, but the women just keep coming. I pray I do not accidentally click any of the wrong buttons on these pages as I continue to try to remove him from the lists. If this doesn’t work, the next thing I know the service will be making suggestions for planning his first date. I’ve assured him that if this happens, I’ll be joining them.

About stillalife

I retired June 30, 2010 after working for 40 years in the field of education and most recently doing school public relations/community outreach in a mid-size urban school district. I wrote for superintendents and school board members. Now I'm writing for me and I hope for you. In this blog, I offer my own views coupled with the latest research on how to preserve our physical and mental health as we age, delve into issues most of us over 50 can relate to like noticing wrinkles and forgetting where we left our keys, discuss the pros and cons of different ways to engage our minds and bodies after we leave the workplace, and throw in an occasional book review, all peppered with a touch of humor, irony, and just plain silliness. Also, I'm on the third draft of my second novel since retirement.
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3 Responses to Look before you click

  1. I am often astonished by the sheer number of young, hot women who want to meet me. I imagine your husband is a more appealing prospect.

  2. Marilyn Pedersen says:

    This blog totally cracked me up!

  3. Karl says:

    This site really has all of the information I needed about this subject and didn’t know who to ask.

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