October 24, 2013

Two Sides of Millenial Dating

Dating is like navigating a minefield, and social media has amplified the minefield. Traditional dating etiquette has been abandoned in favour of quick hits and messy labels, facilitated by technology... think Tinder or the morally-dubious Ashley Madison, which encourages extra-marital affairs. Or being dumped via Facebook. We also covered 40 Days of Dating on this blog, about designer friends Jessica Walsh and Tim Goodman who embarked on an experimental 40 days of dating (sadly that didn't pan out). This brings the oft-asked question: is dating dead?

In this video, actors Autumn Stein and Matthew C. Flynn improvise a millenial relationship in 5 minutes. Side note: the guy almost DOES NOT blink throughout the video.

I think a relationship in this age still needn't be too complicated, unless we make it so. We usually attract what we're looking for... so if you're not looking for a serious relationship, it would be an unfair call to say that there aren't any good men/women in the world! Love, respect, trust, commitment, and humour matter, I say.

I absolutely dislike Zooey Deschanel for her Manic Pixie Dream Girl (MPDG) character. However, here's a post from a writer on her humour website HelloGiggles on how to be your own perfect lover. Most of it is about learning how to love yourself first, but it lists and disproves most millenial dating expectations in short, neat and optimistic sentences. The article is a good reminder for us to be complete and reasonably secure in ourselves so that we don't seek validation from dating someone or expect that special someone to fix our flaws.

Happy Thursday!

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