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Long-term relationships in 2015 almost need to have a little ‘old-school’ vibe and take it outside of our everyday plugged-in world.” -- Brittany, 24 “2015 is absolutely the age of hookup culture. You might still have a ‘relationship’ with someone by seeing them consistently, but unless the words are spoken, that doesn't necessarily mean they're not seeing, or Tindering, other people too." -- Diana, 26 “I think a long-term relationship in 2015 has more to do with commitments and expectations than with a specific timeframe.Some of the longer relationships I've been in, time-wise, aren't ones I'd call ‘long-term’ because neither of us talked much about planning ahead for the future.It was basically when I really knew because it was a four-hour drive and it was long and tedious but he made the effort.You know it's a real, committed, long-distance long-term when you make those sacrifices." -- Amanda, 24 "Technology is often used to meet new people, but I don’t think technology helps you after that initial meeting.How can you tell if you are in a relationship with potential when the dating landscape changes every week, causing lakes to become mountains, and deserts to become rain forests, metaphorically speaking? Now it’s about who, realistically, do you want to possibly see in your future? It’s more than just someone you’re seriously dating. It could just be going grocery shopping, being comfortable enough to do random stuff together and not plan." -- Maria, 26 “If they meet your friends, want to be with you during daylight hours, and are transparent about what's going on in their life and want to truly know about yours, then those are all the makings of a long-term relationship.” -- Olivia, 25 “Short-term relationships can be about exploring yourself or trying something new, but a long-term relationship is about growing closer, and growing together.To help us navigate this particular month of 2015, we checked in with some seasoned modern daters on some classic relationship questions, and when it's time to update that status. I think we live in a society where everything is in constant flux and everything is changing. I would say that a long-term relationship is built on the understanding that both parties will be loyal to each other and that they love each other and that despite everything changing around them they will stay together." -- Christine, 24 relationship but I have to get a sense going into it that this has potential to lead somewhere. " -- Penny, 25 "A serious relationship is about someone you would be willing to talk to your friends about, maybe mention to your parents. That, for me, includes not just daily communication via text, email, or in person, but also intimacy.The 1950's set up precedents in dating that led to what many consider "normal" dating today.ORIGINS OF DATING Dating is definitely an "American phenomenon." Few other countries carry on this practice with as much fervor as Americans do.
Many of us remember, appreciate and long for the days of traditional dating. Yes, way before the world of swiping left and right, meeting solely for the purpose of one-night stands and the agony that is online dating, the game of love had, well, actual rules. We asked our Facebook followers to reminisce about some of the things they miss most about dating -- back in the day -- and we got an outpouring of responses.
Then again, few other countries have the same social conditions as America.