Here’s how one Greatist writer learned to cope with being single when (almost) everyone else her age had already paired off.Guest Writer Jennifer Kass outlines how to know if you're not setting healthy boundaries in a relationship, plus three crucial steps for becoming your own best advocate.How does one navigate these uncharted waters and discern what real, healthy marriages and romantic relationships should look like?The root of any romance today is love, but it wasn’t always so.Because this culture’s greatest fear is being alone—according to the media in which Americans are constantly immersed. According to recent studies, the average American takes in about 3,500 to 5,000 marketing messages a day and spends about 41 hours per week using technology such as cell phones, TV, video games, music and the Internet.Everyone is spending vast amounts of time engaged in mediated reality and less time engaged with each other.What else can ruin a first date besides bad breath? Researchers analyzed speed-dating interviews and found several factors that predict a lack of connection.
Even in cultures where people are not allowed to act on or express these feelings, they're still there.On again, off again, then back on—turns out those tumultuous relationships are pretty common among young adults.But what do they mean for personal development, and is “ex sex” the new normal?The result is that, rather than being someone that defies all calculation, love is now big business worth an annual billion internationally and growing at 70 per cent a year – with high-tech venture capitalists, psychologists and software engineers reaping vast rewards.Academics, meanwhile, are fascinated by the data being gathered — and largely kept secret — by the dating industry.
But each kind of love has its own distinctive feel.