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Culture Challenge of the Week: The End of Courtship

HeraldOfGalactus Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 9:29 AM
It isn't just about hook-ups. It's a lack of maturity. Sexual activity among most youth is going down according to most research, but these informal relationships that Ms. Hagelin mentioned are growing. We can't expect people to foster strong, intimate relationships when we don't teach them and give them every incentive NOT to. And until people stop responding to incentives, this trend will continue.
Jack2894 Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 10:17 AM
HoG, I have a slightly different take on this. Without making any judgments, I think it is fair to say that virtually all modern American males (and females) have access to more sexual stimulation and outlets than any group of humans in history. Never before has sexual imagery and activity been as accessible as it is today and we simply have no idea what impact this will have in the long run.

It might be the case that such access ameliorates the sexual stress in a relationship allowing for more true personal interaction. Or it may mean that the lack of such stress inhibits that same development. WE simply have no idea, but I think it's an issue that could change the nature of human relationships on an historic scale.

Most parents hope that their children will grow to adulthood and find and marry a good spouse. But it’s becoming increasingly difficult for young adults to date in ways that lay a solid foundation for a strong marriage.

A recent New York Times article, “The End of Courtship,” portrays Millennials as a group bent on “subverting the rules of courtship.” Style columnist Alex Williams begins his article with this real-life scenario: a guy asks a girl out on what she assumes is a date - but instead of showing up, the guy texts her at 10:30pm asking her to...