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(Guardian)   "The trouble with being 40 and single"   (theguardian.com) divider line 74
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2014-08-08 11:09:26 AM  
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2014-08-08 12:01:14 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: [i.imgflip.com image 400x386]

When his tits are that big, why would he need a woman?
 
2014-08-08 12:19:37 PM  

exick: When his tits are that big, why would he need a woman?


Well, to be fair the guy in the article was a dude, looking for other dudes. As I recall, when I was in my 20's my gay friends would call older men "trolls" and only date young men.

Of course, he doesn't mention the real problems.

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2014-08-08 12:26:19 PM  
A 40 year old gay man?  That is like buying meat at the Save A Lot.
 
2014-08-08 12:27:04 PM  
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2014-08-08 12:36:15 PM  
3.bp.blogspot.com

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2014-08-08 12:38:27 PM  
I will be 40 in a few weeks (shudder) but I'm glad that I am with a great woman waaay younger than me. I am real lucky to have her. One funny thing I noticed before we started going out was women that in high school or college that wouldnt have looked twice at me were almost throwing themselves at me. A single man with his own home, a job, no crazy ex wife or kids? Gimmie!!!! Was fun hooking up with some of my roomates friends though.
 
2014-08-08 12:44:29 PM  
Mommy issues.
 
2014-08-08 12:46:54 PM  
I've found that being in my mid-40's, women my age don't give me the time of day.
Women between 25-35 go gaga over me.

And you know what? I'm OK with this. It's like I've won the lottery or something.
 
2014-08-08 12:47:44 PM  
*fartnoises* Try being 50 and single. And female.

But it's still better than hooking up with some loser just so I won't be that.
 
2014-08-08 12:52:55 PM  
At 58 and alone. I am quite happy not to have anyone nagging at me.
I've had my share of love and crisis.
If some lady wants to spoil me, fine.
I've got a few that do from time to time.
But I like my space, too.
 
2014-08-08 12:53:59 PM  
He is single because he doesn't put out.
 
2014-08-08 01:02:42 PM  

groppet: I will be 40 in a few weeks (shudder) but I'm glad that I am with a great woman waaay younger than me. I am real lucky to have her. One funny thing I noticed before we started going out was women that in high school or college that wouldnt have looked twice at me were almost throwing themselves at me. A single man with his own home, a job, no crazy ex wife or kids? Gimmie!!!! Was fun hooking up with some of my roomates friends though.


Now i ain't sayin she's a golddigger...
 
2014-08-08 01:03:16 PM  

cryinoutloud: *fartnoises* Try being 50 and single. And female.

But it's still better than hooking up with some loser just so I won't be that.


so you won't be what, 50 or female?
 
2014-08-08 01:04:12 PM  

groppet: I will be 40 in a few weeks (shudder) but I'm glad that I am with a great woman waaay younger than me. I am real lucky to have her. One funny thing I noticed before we started going out was women that in high school or college that wouldnt have looked twice at me were almost throwing themselves at me. A single man with his own home, a job, no crazy ex wife or kids? Gimmie!!!! Was fun hooking up with some of my roomates friends though.


If your gf is in her 20s she may look at her relationship differently when she's in her thirties and you're starting to get mail for AARP.
 
2014-08-08 01:13:43 PM  
Alternatively,

"The trouble with being single and 40 and living on an online columnist's salary".
 
2014-08-08 01:14:12 PM  
Heh. A century ago if you were 25 and single you were an old maid or a confirmed bachelor.

The Googles Do Nothing: He is single because he doesn't put out.


His view on sharp knees isn't helping.
 
2014-08-08 01:25:38 PM  
Nothing.  The answer is nothing.

/43
/single
/well, unmarried and in a committed relationship, because I'm not a tool like this guy
 
2014-08-08 01:26:26 PM  
I am 41 and currently single, I see no problems with it at all.
 
2014-08-08 01:28:26 PM  

cryinoutloud: *fartnoises* Try being 50 and single. And female.

But it's still better than hooking up with some loser just so I won't be that.


Here's the difference between older men and women being single.

If it's a she, she's 'unmarried', and she'll get a mixture of pity and sympathy from people who find out.  So sorry you haven't found the one for you, but hold out hope!  Can you look after my kids?

If it's a he, he's a 'life-long bachelor'.  He gets fear and suspicion, maybe even a little derision.  Why haven't you grown up yet?  Are you a closeted gay, or a pedophile?  Maybe we should move honey, that single 40 guy something across the street is creeping me out and I think he glanced at the kids once.
 
2014-08-08 01:49:34 PM  

fozziewazzi: Here's the difference between older men and women being single.
If it's a she, she's 'unmarried', and she'll get a mixture of pity and sympathy from people who find out. So sorry you haven't found the one for you, but hold out hope! Can you look after my kids?
If it's a he, he's a 'life-long bachelor'. He gets fear and suspicion, maybe even a little derision. Why haven't you grown up yet? Are you a closeted gay, or a pedophile? Maybe we should move honey, that single 40 guy something across the street is creeping me out and I think he glanced at the kids once.

I.....don't believe you. And I don't need your pity or your sympathy. It's not like we wear a sign that says "I don't get laid!" And neither do the men.

/It's just shows more on them
//sorry
///not really
 
2014-08-08 01:55:45 PM  
I keep waiting for there to be enough aging, horny women that eventually some will start looking at me.
 
2014-08-08 02:00:26 PM  

groppet: I will be 40 in a few weeks (shudder) but I'm glad that I am with a great woman waaay younger than me. I am real lucky to have her. One funny thing I noticed before we started going out was women that in high school or college that wouldnt have looked twice at me were almost throwing themselves at me. A single man with his own home, a job, no crazy ex wife or kids? Gimmie!!!! Was fun hooking up with some of my roomates friends though.


I will be 40 in December and am dating a woman at age 20. She is great fun and very cute. I love her, and hope we have a long-lasting relationship, but I am not delusional about it.

I am a bit neurotic about turning 40 and what that means, but mostly don't give a shiat. I'm just happy to be alive and relatively healthy.

I've noticed in the last few years that I get a lot more attention from women than I used to (no particular age group). Considering I have little resources, I don't quite understand, but I'll take it.

I do have more self-confidence than I did in my 20s and most of my 30s, but did the women lead to my personality change, or vice versa? No clue.
 
2014-08-08 02:00:45 PM  
Well, this article seems to have met its match where Fark is a site filled with middle-aged single men with no prospects.

//Except Studman69, he is single cause he has standards.
 
2014-08-08 02:12:15 PM  

fozziewazzi: If it's a he, he's a 'life-long bachelor'. He gets fear and suspicion, maybe even a little derision. Why haven't you grown up yet? Are you a closeted gay, or a pedophile? Maybe we should move honey, that single 40 guy something across the street is creeping me out and I think he glanced at the kids once.


This.
 
2014-08-08 02:18:16 PM  

theflatline: A 40 year old gay man?  That is like buying meat at the Save A Lot.


That's like having a colostomy fetish.

In a mortuary.
 
2014-08-08 02:20:27 PM  
40 is like 600 in gay years. It's sickening.
 
2014-08-08 02:23:41 PM  

vudukungfu: At 58 and alone. I am quite happy not to have anyone nagging at me.
I've had my share of love and crisis.
If some lady wants to spoil me, fine.
I've got a few that do from time to time.
But I like my space, too.


Alone?

You've got Fark! You're never alone.
 
2014-08-08 02:25:05 PM  

fozziewazzi: groppet: I will be 40 in a few weeks (shudder) but I'm glad that I am with a great woman waaay younger than me. I am real lucky to have her. One funny thing I noticed before we started going out was women that in high school or college that wouldnt have looked twice at me were almost throwing themselves at me. A single man with his own home, a job, no crazy ex wife or kids? Gimmie!!!! Was fun hooking up with some of my roomates friends though.

If your gf is in her 20s she may look at her relationship differently when she's in her thirties and you're starting to get mail for AARP.


She is 29 and will be 30 next year which I get to tease her about and get punched for my trouble. I met her when she was 15 when I was working with her brother and whenever she was in town she would call me and we would have lunch or something. It was cute when she finally told me about the crush she had had on me since she was 15.

Wasilla Hillbilly: groppet: I will be 40 in a few weeks (shudder) but I'm glad that I am with a great woman waaay younger than me. I am real lucky to have her. One funny thing I noticed before we started going out was women that in high school or college that wouldnt have looked twice at me were almost throwing themselves at me. A single man with his own home, a job, no crazy ex wife or kids? Gimmie!!!! Was fun hooking up with some of my roomates friends though.

I will be 40 in December and am dating a woman at age 20. She is great fun and very cute. I love her, and hope we have a long-lasting relationship, but I am not delusional about it.

I am a bit neurotic about turning 40 and what that means, but mostly don't give a shiat. I'm just happy to be alive and relatively healthy.

I've noticed in the last few years that I get a lot more attention from women than I used to (no particular age group). Considering I have little resources, I don't quite understand, but I'll take it.

I do have more self-confidence than I did in my 20s and most of my 30s, but did the women lead to my personality change, or vice versa? No clue.


I think I have more self confidence as well kind of a whole "I really dont give a shiat" vibe. Wish I had it in my 20s I would have gotten laid more.
 
2014-08-08 02:27:24 PM  

Wasilla Hillbilly: groppet: I will be 40 in a few weeks (shudder) but I'm glad that I am with a great woman waaay younger than me. I am real lucky to have her. One funny thing I noticed before we started going out was women that in high school or college that wouldnt have looked twice at me were almost throwing themselves at me. A single man with his own home, a job, no crazy ex wife or kids? Gimmie!!!! Was fun hooking up with some of my roomates friends though.

I will be 40 in December and am dating a woman at age 20. She is great fun and very cute. I love her, and hope we have a long-lasting relationship, but I am not delusional about it.

I am a bit neurotic about turning 40 and what that means, but mostly don't give a shiat. I'm just happy to be alive and relatively healthy.

I've noticed in the last few years that I get a lot more attention from women than I used to (no particular age group). Considering I have little resources, I don't quite understand, but I'll take it.

I do have more self-confidence than I did in my 20s and most of my 30s, but did the women lead to my personality change, or vice versa? No clue.


My grandmother laid it down for me like this when I was 20, and I thought she was a crazy old lady.

"You are 20 right now, you have a gorgeous girlfriend, you had to work hard to get her, and you are so proud"

"A 20 year old man is a buzzard, he goes after the carrion, the slow moving, the easy to catch."
"A 30 year old man is a hawk, he is quick, he can catch the quicker, prettier prey, but not always"
"A 40+ man is an eagle, he knows who he is, what he wants, and more so what he does not want, an eagle takes what he wants"

Seemed odd at the time, but it was true.  I have been hit on more by women from 35-45 now.  Young women.
 
2014-08-08 02:34:36 PM  

fozziewazzi: If your gf is in her 20s she may look at her relationship differently when she's in her thirties and you're starting to get mail for AARP.


My husband is eleven years older than me.  I had my AARP card when I was 38.  Good discounts.
 
2014-08-08 02:36:22 PM  

groppet: I have more self confidence as well kind of a whole "I really dont give a shiat" vibe. Wish I had it in my 20s I would have gotten laid more.


Seriously, my 20-something self would be perplexed but proud to see me today.

theflatline: Seemed odd at the time, but it was true. I have been hit on more by women from 35-45 now. Young women.


Interesting, but I've always been more the hunted than the hunter. If it is to go beyond a friendly relationship, it is almost always the woman taking the first overt action.
 
2014-08-08 02:58:42 PM  

mcmnky: vudukungfu: At 58 and alone. I am quite happy not to have anyone nagging at me.
I've had my share of love and crisis.
If some lady wants to spoil me, fine.
I've got a few that do from time to time.
But I like my space, too.

Alone?

You've got Fark! You're never alone.


Forever Alone Together. FAT for short.
 
2014-08-08 03:07:16 PM  

fozziewazzi: cryinoutloud: *fartnoises* Try being 50 and single. And female.

But it's still better than hooking up with some loser just so I won't be that.

Here's the difference between older men and women being single.

If it's a she, she's 'unmarried', and she'll get a mixture of pity and sympathy from people who find out.  So sorry you haven't found the one for you, but hold out hope!  Can you look after my kids?

If it's a he, he's a 'life-long bachelor'.  He gets fear and suspicion, maybe even a little derision.  Why haven't you grown up yet?  Are you a closeted gay, or a pedophile?  Maybe we should move honey, that single 40 guy something across the street is creeping me out and I think he glanced at the kids once.


Totally dependent on the guy. There's a 40+ bachelor in our neighbor and he's a great guy who's funny, outgoing, and helps his neighbors. In turn everyone loves having him over to hang out and have a beer.

/also, in your scenario the unmarried woman gets rewarded by...having to babysit the kids in the neighborhood? Yay for her?
 
2014-08-08 03:14:56 PM  
The Bill Paxton Aliens joke about Grindr made me laugh so hard I scared the cat.
 
2014-08-08 03:23:02 PM  
I do have to point out that the current lack of sex is a problem as it leaves me quite horny all the time.
 
2014-08-08 03:23:41 PM  
I'm five years older than my girlfriend. We have mutual friends in common that might have brought us together sooner but we both agreed that five years prior to when we met, we were different people. I got a lot of crap from some friends for dating a girl 5 years younger than me. Then one of them goes and marries a woman (girl) eleven years younger than he was.
Some in my family started compared me to my Great Uncle Dennis. He didn't get married until he was 63 - to a 25 year old. They had 9 children.
 
2014-08-08 03:24:23 PM  
Hmmm, Let's see 40 and single
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&
media.windingroad.com


or married with children
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-08-08 03:51:41 PM  
It's odd, there are always fark threads where men claim girls in their teens and 20's are all super attracted to men in their 40's on up constantly throwing themselves at them, but that was never my experience at that age.  At no point did myself or any other girl I know ever date a guy in his 40's or higher when we were in our teens or 20's.  We weren't even attracted to any and thought they were pervy and gross for hitting on us.  I'm not saying it doesn't happen and I realize it's an anecdote and all.  I just find it odd that it's apparently so prevalent yet I rarely ever see it in real life in practice (and I only randomly see it in public but very rarely).  Perhaps it's a regional thing or something.  Perhaps myself and people I knew were all the weirdos who weren't creaming ourselves for guys twice/triple our age.  Perhaps I just wasn't looking for a sugar daddy though...
 
2014-08-08 04:01:50 PM  

PillsHere: It's odd, there are always fark threads where men claim girls in their teens and 20's are all super attracted to men in their 40's on up constantly throwing themselves at them, but that was never my experience at that age.  At no point did myself or any other girl I know ever date a guy in his 40's or higher when we were in our teens or 20's.  We weren't even attracted to any and thought they were pervy and gross for hitting on us.  I'm not saying it doesn't happen and I realize it's an anecdote and all.  I just find it odd that it's apparently so prevalent yet I rarely ever see it in real life in practice (and I only randomly see it in public but very rarely).  Perhaps it's a regional thing or something.  Perhaps myself and people I knew were all the weirdos who weren't creaming ourselves for guys twice/triple our age.  Perhaps I just wasn't looking for a sugar daddy though...


I do not see any claims here where teens are hitting on 40 year old men.

But 25 year old and up women have been hitting on me since I was in my mid 30s.  I do look younger than my age but I was always explicit about how old I really was.   It is hard to tell how old many people are these days.

This happened to me in Louisiana, San Francisco, NYC, Florida, And Philly.  So a pretty broad spectrum.

I met my wife when she was 24 and I was 39.  I did not perv on her but asked her out after we met a few times, and 3 years later we were married.  I hardly think she was looking for a sugar daddy as I ain't exactly daddy warbucks.

What happens is once you hit a certain age maturity, worldliness, ability to hold a conversation, and realizing a date isnt going to the bar to shoot pool with your buddies while th girls talk in a corner.
 
2014-08-08 04:08:50 PM  

szyska: I'm five years older than my girlfriend. We have mutual friends in common that might have brought us together sooner but we both agreed that five years prior to when we met, we were different people. I got a lot of crap from some friends for dating a girl 5 years younger than me. Then one of them goes and marries a woman (girl) eleven years younger than he was.
Some in my family started compared me to my Great Uncle Dennis. He didn't get married until he was 63 - to a 25 year old. They had 9 children.


I'm named (my IRL name) after my uncle who babied one woman to death, then another right away, and then a few months after her death he died himself. All before I was even born. I don't know the ages of his wives but he ended up with 13 children at the end of it all.

I don't think my name was an accident the way my parents talk admiringly of him.
 
2014-08-08 04:10:39 PM  

PillsHere: It's odd, there are always fark threads where men claim girls in their teens and 20's are all super attracted to men in their 40's on up constantly throwing themselves at them, but that was never my experience at that age.  At no point did myself or any other girl I know ever date a guy in his 40's or higher when we were in our teens or 20's.  We weren't even attracted to any and thought they were pervy and gross for hitting on us.  I'm not saying it doesn't happen and I realize it's an anecdote and all.  I just find it odd that it's apparently so prevalent yet I rarely ever see it in real life in practice (and I only randomly see it in public but very rarely).  Perhaps it's a regional thing or something.  Perhaps myself and people I knew were all the weirdos who weren't creaming ourselves for guys twice/triple our age.  Perhaps I just wasn't looking for a sugar daddy though...


i.imgflip.com
 
2014-08-08 04:35:24 PM  
img.fark.net


img.fark.net
 
2014-08-08 04:35:24 PM  

Bathysphere: The Bill Paxton Aliens joke about Grindr made me laugh so hard I scared the cat.


I clapped so loud... I had to look around ready to defend my sanity to any onlookers. That was beautiful.

/no one's paying any attention to me
 
2014-08-08 04:37:06 PM  
Dual Income No Kids FTW

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2014-08-08 05:10:28 PM  
It's like spitballing when looking for a job.
Perhaps your profile is not up to snuff.

No issues for me...and I'm 46

Just come up with a good greeting...and post, post, post.
No it's not romantic...but neither is waiting for them to make up their minds to reply to you.

You can get romantic when you have your first date...and they don't walk away.

Kind of like everything is BS when jobhunting until you walk through those doors and start working.
 
2014-08-08 05:42:39 PM  

Xanlexian: [img.fark.net image 550x453]


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I could handle that, I love cats.

PillsHere: It's odd, there are always fark threads where men claim girls in their teens and 20's are all super attracted to men in their 40's on up constantly throwing themselves at them, but that was never my experience at that age.  At no point did myself or any other girl I know ever date a guy in his 40's or higher when we were in our teens or 20's.  We weren't even attracted to any and thought they were pervy and gross for hitting on us.  I'm not saying it doesn't happen and I realize it's an anecdote and all.  I just find it odd that it's apparently so prevalent yet I rarely ever see it in real life in practice (and I only randomly see it in public but very rarely).  Perhaps it's a regional thing or something.  Perhaps myself and people I knew were all the weirdos who weren't creaming ourselves for guys twice/triple our age.  Perhaps I just wasn't looking for a sugar daddy though...


It has happened to me a lot in my 30s and some in my 40s, but then I do not look my age. I am 41 but I am often told I look like I am early 30s. In fact I went out to eat for my 40th birthday and the waitress who was early 20s was hitting on me in a big way even though she could see the "over the hill" decorations on the table and knew I wasn't paying the bill so it wasn't for a tip. The waitress also hugged me and gave me a kiss on the lips handing me her phone number when I left.
 
2014-08-08 07:58:28 PM  

PillsHere: It's odd, there are always fark threads where men claim girls in their teens and 20's are all super attracted to men in their 40's on up constantly throwing themselves at them, but that was never my experience at that age.  At no point did myself or any other girl I know ever date a guy in his 40's or higher when we were in our teens or 20's.  We weren't even attracted to any and thought they were pervy and gross for hitting on us.  I'm not saying it doesn't happen and I realize it's an anecdote and all.  I just find it odd that it's apparently so prevalent yet I rarely ever see it in real life in practice (and I only randomly see it in public but very rarely).  Perhaps it's a regional thing or something.  Perhaps myself and people I knew were all the weirdos who weren't creaming ourselves for guys twice/triple our age.  Perhaps I just wasn't looking for a sugar daddy though...


A couple points:
- no one is claiming "teens"
- I'd say that only about 10% of women in their mid-20's to mid-30's show an interest in me (for example)
- 10% is actually quite a number of women!
- I look about 10 years younger than I actually am
- you sound bitter for some reason
 
2014-08-08 08:06:59 PM  

PillsHere: It's odd, there are always fark threads where men claim girls in their teens and 20's are all super attracted to men in their 40's on up constantly throwing themselves at them, but that was never my experience at that age.  At no point did myself or any other girl I know ever date a guy in his 40's or higher when we were in our teens or 20's.  We weren't even attracted to any and thought they were pervy and gross for hitting on us.  I'm not saying it doesn't happen and I realize it's an anecdote and all.  I just find it odd that it's apparently so prevalent yet I rarely ever see it in real life in practice (and I only randomly see it in public but very rarely).  Perhaps it's a regional thing or something.  Perhaps myself and people I knew were all the weirdos who weren't creaming ourselves for guys twice/triple our age.  Perhaps I just wasn't looking for a sugar daddy though...




So are you looking for one now?
 
2014-08-08 08:32:41 PM  
so this is where all the 40+ year old guys come to reassure themselves that they have never been better? Yea, you still totally got it...maybe you should all do a tough mudder or something? you got? right? totes! lol
 
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