Tinder is stressful, right? I can't be the only one who thinks this, and I grew up fully saturated with technology and virtual reality and making personal connections over the interwebs or whatever. As such, you can imagine how surprised I was when Vanity Fair had senior citizens use Tinder for the first time... to incredibly chill results. I'm serious, you guys — I feared the worst, but it definitely didn't happen.
The first episode in Vanity Fair and Conde Nast's new web series, Senior Orientation, the video features five seniors citizens from the Fort Greene Senior Center in Brooklyn getting a lesson in Tinder 101. Their guide, a noticeably cute boi for whom I would most certainly swipe right (sorry, send me to horny jail), directs the hip old folk through opening the app, swiping right, and chatting up potential suitors. Asking someone if they want to "horizontal mambo" is apparently a thing for the 65 and over. Good to know.
While the producers may have been expecting some bumbling grandmas and grandpas fiddling with these darned new contraptions, what they got instead was a frank discussion on how dating norms have changed over the years — and also, how they haven't.
In particular, there was a noticeable divide between how the men and the women viewed courtship and when it was appropriate for a couple to begin having sex. I've taken the liberty of translating the conversation surrounding this particular topic into the vernacular, because, well, if we're currently dealing with old people meeting new technology, we may as well imagine it happening in an online chat, right? It went a little something like this:
Men: Used to be that you talked and got to know each other first and no one was having sex on the first date ugh millennials nowadays
Women: Lol people definitely were having sex quickly back then
Men: Hardly anybody
Women: Omg shut up about the good ol' days people had sex and the same double standard for men and women existed just because nobody wanted to talk about it doesn't mean it didn't exist.
Men: Thank you for giving up "the stuff" we are v grateful
Check out the full video below: