In the past my relationship life kind of went like this: Meet, have a date or two, end up in bed, then end up together.I can't even really tell you when exactly the together part happened, it just was.Now, a researcher has found that people in their 20s are redefining dating by engaging in "stayover relationships," spending three or more nights together each week while maintaining the option of going to their own homes. Census indicates that young people are choosing to marry later and cohabitating more often than past generations.Changes in relationship formation and dissolution in the past 50 years have revealed new patterns in romantic relations among young adults. Now, a University of Missouri researcher has found that people in their 20s are redefining dating by engaging in "stayover relationships," spending three or more nights together each week while maintaining the option of going to their own homes.With the obsession that today’s media has with youth and appearance, you could be forgiven for thinking that it’s only the young who are looking for companionship, that dating is a young person’s game. Which of the following images do you think the media is more likely to use to accompany an article on online dating? At the same time, more older adults over 55 find themselves single and looking, either through divorce or the tragic loss of a husband or wife they loved for many years.This means that there are more seniors and baby boomers than ever before looking for some companionship to fill the void of their prior partner.It has felt a bit strange, then, that the article which inspired Stitch doesn’t appear on the Stitch blog.
In fact, we’re not sure you could even call it an “announcement” …
Dating apps have transformed the way we online date.
We’re no longer limited to finding someone special in front of our desktop at home — we can now do that while standing in line at Starbucks, walking the dog, and even using the bathroom (if that’s your style).
No anniversaries to remember, no funny stories of how I played hard to get, we were just together until we weren’t.
So it was for many years: wash, rinse, repeat, without me even truly recognizing that I was in this never ending cycle.