Today, nine years later, the answer to that question is very clear: Yes and no. Instead, you'll have short, to-the-point conversations (which include making plans) via Facebook messaging, texting or email. If your guy (or girl) is gaga over you, he or she might be into having a conversation while seeing your face.
It might seem impersonal or cold and distant at first, but you'll get used to it. This took me a little while to get used to because of self-consciousness. You'd think the technology would have been able to make people look more attractive, but whatever.
Reasons include insecurities that come both with past relationship experiences and aging.
Getting naked with someone new isn't taken as lightly as it might have been when we were young and untainted. Ask anyone over the age of 40 and divorced with kids why they are dating, and he or she will probably answer "companionship," "friendship," "fun" or "something to do." That's why I think it's funny that I can't count the number of divorced men and women who say they unexpectedly met "the one" and that they felt the same intense excitement and passion (maybe even a stronger connection) than they had in the past.
There is nothing much worse than having built up a relationship online to then meet the object of your interest only to find them as exciting as a mollusc.
The bottom line is, loving someone feels the same at any age, whether you are a teenager, a young adult, a middle-aged person or even a senior.
Your heart beats fast, you light up when he or she walks into a room and that person is buried inside your core every minute of every day.
It feels as if you are constantly putting yourself on the line, showing off your wares, only to reel in another damp squib.
I had a date with one man who, in a flurry of perfectly crafted emails, had seemed so right for me, I even agreed – sight almost unseen – to spend the day with him at Lord’s cricket ground.