We live in a world filled with ghosts. Perhaps you, reader, are among them. Indeed, for many on the hunt for love nowadays, dating is more of spectral phenomenon — A “Now you see me… now you don’t” kind of thing — than it is a welcoming home.
In America, in particular, — from the sun-scorched, white sand beaches of South Florida to the misty, evergreen woods of Juneau — there are many romantic vagabonds. However, this trend among young people wasn’t wasn’t always so. Though the majority of millennials today are still unmarried by age 32, just 50 years ago, in the 1960s, the situation was flipped. About 65 percent of our generational forebears were long-hitched by the same age.
So, has marriage become less “compelling” for millennials, as Rabbi Schumley Boteach posits — or, is something stranger afoot? Something of which we haven’t yet named, nonetheless begun to come to grips with.
Well, matrimony may, indeed, be irrelevant for some, but it hasn’t lost its allure to the distinct majority. Most people who are unmarried today — nearly 60 percent of them, actually— say they would like to, “someday,” get hitched. It may be happening later in life for them, but millions of 20- and 30-somethings are continuing to walk down the aisle, and recite — amid roses, peonies and confidants — promises of fidelity to each other.
Still, for these who do venture into it, what’s the cause of marriage’s delay today?
The results of recent studies suggest that it could be because many millennials are in debt, especially from school loans. The shame and stigma of “being in the red” may be acting as a sort of weedkiller to budding love. For many young people — especially those who entered adulthood during the Great Recession — being on firm financial footing is a critical step toward starting a family. [See: Being broke is no joke]
However, is lack of money the sole reason? Humans have, en masse, been entering into marriage, and other forms of “serious” relationships, strapped of cash — without 401Ks or savings accounts or stock portfolios — for literally millennia. This said, could it be that millennials’ delay in getting to love is due to more than just due a lack of money, as it’s popularly singled out to be.
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Could it be that it simply seems out of reach. Daunting.
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From what? A stream of romantic disappointments that have swept over them with the ascension of online dating, says Susan Winter, one of New York’s top dating coaches. In many ways, hook-up culture has helped many young people become more sex positive — but in other ways, it’s also had it’s downsides. Indeed, too much of anything can be bad. [See: What happened to dating?]
“The wear and tear of sexual interludes resulting in being discarded, ghosted, or breadcrumbed takes its toll,” she says. “Even those that exhibit supreme confidence in their careers suffer low self-esteem due to their erratic and unpredictable dating lives.”
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The culture on the apps, at least, have wreaked havoc on us. Susan Winter, one of New York’s top dating coaches, on the matter. She has counseled many a young adult, and has witnessed, she says, a particular theme among millennials. And it’s not entirely a happy one. “I’ve noted an underlying state of depression in the number of the millennials that first come to me for counseling,” Winter says. “‘Getting to love’ has been especially daunting for this generation.”
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Millennial’s have little structure to support their dating process and protocol. Having eliminated labels and rules, many are left adrift in a confused state of hookups and ‘situationships.’ Therefore, getting to partnership holds a high value for them. Once the difficult task of partnership is obtained, its loss seems even more dismantling.
This is a generation that’s obsessed with ‘getting back with their ex.’ The reason for this obsession is because establishing partnership is a difficult achievement that’s hard won.
This said, it’s not that marriage isn’t compelling, but that reaching that “status” — the path to it — is dismaying (in new ways).
Here are Winter’s six tips to overcome these problems:
- Know what you want and need in a relationship.
- Clearly articulate those wants and needs to your prospective partners.
- Act in accordance with what you said you want.
- Maintain clear and honest communication throughout the dating process.
- Assess whether the relationship you’re establishing meets the goals you want and need.
National consumer reports show that online dating services are a quickly expanding market, with an annual growth rate of 3.1 percent.
The dating culture has been revved up
Indeed, New York dating coach Susan Winter — lauded by Oprah and the gliteratti of Manhattan — says millennials
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“Our findings leave me wondering whether dating apps might be a threat to romantic relationships…”
Perhaps the hookup culture we’ve come to expect from it —
But isn’t it easier to accept something when you expected it from the get go?
Taboo a short time ago, online dating is now widely accepted, but has the effectiveness of finding a mate on the Internet changed along with our opinion of it? Not exactly.
As sociologist Philip Cohen says, “Marriage is more and more an achievement of status, rather than something that people do regardless of how they’re doing.”
Interestingly, the people with the highest education level are least likely to live together, according to the new study—of course, they also have the most most debt to manage.
End on a hopeful note. Always.