Dating is dead
It's not that we're not interested in dating, and it's not that we're only interested in hooking up. And contrary to the stereotype, the commitment isn't gendered: As of 2007, single women were the fastest-growing segment of the American population, implying that the tendency to avoid commitment goes both ways.The resistance to settling down goes hand in hand with our generational acceptance of casual sex and a rising marriage age. Content Header .feed_item_answer_user.js-wf-loaded .
Despite the recent slew of panicked trend pieces about the dangers of hookup culture, millennials aren't riding on a carousel of one-night stands and borrowed toothbrushes — they're avoiding getting on the carousel altogether. While the demise of the committed relationship might strike panic in the hearts of the previous generation, most millennials know that there are plenty of benefits to dating someone (or many people) nonexclusively.When I traveled across the United States a few years ago, I interviewed more than 100 men, women and couples about their love lives in cities big and small.My mission was to figure out what connection, romance and love actually looks like in today's day and age.We're defining a new "having it all." The avoidance of commitment doesn't mean millennials are love-phobic — far from it.Many are still seeking the intimacy of relationships, while simultaneously craving the independence of the single lifestyle.
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