Even though millennials are having less sex than past generations, there’s no denying we’re in a hookup culture.
Marriages are starting later and later. More men and women are opting not to have children. And a lot of people date around before ever deciding to get into a serious relationship.
Many may feel that this new dating game — full of casual sex and non-exclusive relationships — is the death of real “romance”.
But, guess what…I’m all for it (within reason, of course). I think that people are just becoming more independent, more open-minded, and less pressured to commit to the first person who likes them back.
Past generations were often rushed into relationships. They met fewer people in their daily lives and had to take what they could get. They felt significant religious, familial, and cultural pressures to settle down. And once they were married, they stuck it out…regardless of whether or not that person was good for them.
It’s healthy to make sure you’re not just settling and instead, choosing a compatible partner for the right reasons.
But some people are taking this too far by treating exclusive relationships like casual ones. They settle with someone they don’t consider long-term partner material out of convenience and break it off when they’re done with them or have found someone better.
If you do this, you’re being a dick.