Re: “elationships”: Millennials rewriting the laws of attraction

 

 

 

[avatar user=”dsgoldman@fullsail.edu” size=”thumbnail” align=”left” link=”www.dsgoldmanfolio.com” target=”_blank” /]By Dylan S. Goldman
02/09/2015

From how we shop to how we socialize, the Web has given a virtual face-lift to all things old fashioned. Its reach goes so far, in fact, that it has even changed the way we look for love.

Leading the way to love down the virtual road to wedded bliss, according to Pew Research Group, is the generation whose childhoods were spent caught in between the “old school” and the “new”- the Millennials (a.k.a. or those born after 1980).

The Web hosts a plethora of online dating diversity, whether one is looking for ‘the one’ or simply looking for a good time. From online dating sites (Match.com, Plenty of Fish, eHarmony, OkCupid), and meet-up groups (Meetup) to Millennial pioneered pic sharing apps (Snapchat, Instagram) and social networking sites (Facebook, MySpace), the Web has thousands of ways to connect users with their respective “Mr./Mrs. Right” or their “Mr./Mrs. Just Tonight”.

In fact, News.mic reported that 40 percent of Millennials use Facebook to research their prospective and current partners, according to Pew’s Internet & American Life Project Spring Tracking Survey.

INFOGRAPHIC DESIGNED BY DYLAN S. GOLDMAN

INFOGRAPHIC DESIGNED BY DYLAN S. GOLDMAN

Despite the generation’s enthusiasm when it comes to online dating, Millennials hold the lowest percentage of married individuals of their age, at just 26%, according to Pew. With numbers so low, it appears that modern technology may have adversely affected Millennials, and in the words of country musician Johnny Lee, has them “looking for love in all the wrong places”.

However, it is just the contrary, explains Pew Researcher Bruce Drake, in his article entitled, “6 new findings about Millennials”. Drake writes:

 

“Most unmarried Millennials (69%) say they would like to marry, but many, especially those with lower levels of income and education, lack what they deem to be a necessary prerequisite—a solid economic foundation.”

 

In addition to the desire to be economically sound before marriage, Millennials also possess conflicting views on marriage, not just in relation to others, but in relation to themselves, as well.

According to a USA Network study published in Time Magazine, Millennials’ views on marriage are in stark contrast to one of their generational predecessors, the Baby Boomers:

Image Courtesy of Time.com

Image Courtesy of Time.com

Statistics show that online dating is no longer just a “fad”. According to Quentin Fottrell of Space Coast Daily, one in three Americans meet their spouse online.

Once again, the Millennials have acted as trailblazers of the virtual path to the future of communication within our society.

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