With the significant growth of the internet in the past decade, online dating has become the perfect way for widows and widowers who are looking to take those first, important steps.

Sending private messages to each other in a safe and familiar environment gives you the opportunity to get to know each other gradually before you decide whether or not you want to take things further.

In 19th-century Britain, widows had greater opportunity for social mobility than in many other societies.

Along with the ability to ascend socio-economically, widows—who were "presumably celibate"—were much more able (and likely) to challenge conventional sexual behaviour than married women in their society.

However, Orthodox Christian immigrants may wear lifelong black in the United States to signify their widowhood and devotion to their deceased husband.

In other cultures, however, widowhood customs are stricter.

A variable that is deemed important and relative to the effects of widowhood is the gender of the widow.

Research has shown that the difference falls in the burden of care, expectations, and finally how the react after their passing.

However, the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women ("now ratified by 135 countries"), while slow, is working on proposals which will make certain types of discrimination and treatment of widows (such as violence and withholding property rights) illegal in the countries that have joined CEDAW.

There remains controversy over whether women or men have worse effects from becoming widowed, and studies have attempted to make their case for which side is worse off, while other studies try to show that there are no true differences based on gender and other factors are responsible for any differences.

Instead of having to make something himself, it is more of a convenience just to order take-out.