Before the days of texting, online chat, and online dating; there was simple phone calls, face to face rendezvous, night club interludes, and night caps. As Elton John once said “roll him like thunder under the covers” until the sunrise greeted your bedroom, the next morning. As seasons changed and time progressed, so does the manner in which individuals communicate with one another; especially, in the areas of intimacy and emotional connections with a love interest. It must be understood, there’s a lot riding on relationships in this day in age. And no longer, does it involve direct contact as in previous decades. Due to growing innovations and technology; contact has become more indirect, and has made the experience of meeting a potential significant other, seem more intriguing and emotionally self protective. That’s not to say, direct contact is taboo and unheard of, but certainly not necessary to bond with someone.
As 2016 slowly closes out, six trends in the area of love and romance, may shed new light for the hopeless romantic. Interestingly enough, being single has never reigned supreme as it does now; if you’re 18-33 years of age, you’re definitely trendy. It appears that women of the new millennium are far more interested in; higher education, waiting for marriage, starting a family, and being career-driven, than earlier generations were. For instance, in the 60’s, women were likely to marry at age 21 and were domestic engineers, or as it was called back then “stay at home mom”. Men of that time entered the military and tied the knot, at age 23, they too are waiting for marriage, starting a family, and more interested in the more traditional bachelor lifestyle.
Due to Skype and similar apps, video messaging has increased in popularity in recent years. These trendy gadgets are making long distance relationships more acceptable and easier to manage by sharing videos, photos, instant-messaging and video calling. It allows couples to enhance the lines of communication and continue building the momentum of a solid relationship. Imagine a live, romantic evening video chatting with the one you love! If done correctly, it’s almost as if your significant other is actually there, so don’t knock it until you try it! Although long distance relationships aren’t for everyone; they possess many qualities of monogamous stability which mirrors traditional relationships, and make it worth giving it a try.
On the other hand, there’s social media trends that don’t necessarily assist in prolonging love, but can actually aid in disrupting the beauty of the relationship; or possibly reveal aspects one was blind to. Facebook is a prime example of the potential or premature destruction of a love story, if not handled correctly. Many couples who announce their relationship(s) on the social media site, suggests limiting personal information, while others who use the site simply suggest keeping your love connections private, and your relationship will flourish and grow through mature interaction and discussion. Always privately message your significant other and never argue on your Facebook timeline.