I have a friend who got divorced after being married for 32 years. He and I work together and do some social things away from work. His divorce was final in January, 2022 and I introduced him to online dating. He has been dating very actively since then but it has been a LONG time since he was dating. He never actually admitted it, but I have the sense that he feels insecure about re-entering the "dating wars" so he has a big need to talk and get some validation for what he is doing and experiencing. Every time he has a first date, I get a report the next day: how she looked, how she acted, what they talked about, if there were any red flags, if he felt a spark for her, whether he's going to ask her for a second date, etc.
Do you have a friend or family member with whom you routinely discuss your dating adventures? If so, do you rely on them for advice and guidance regarding your dating relationships?