Especially for you, Millennials!
Regardless of your age or gender, there are just some dating principles that are applicable in any quest for a solid, long-term relationship.
The dating game has changed — no question there.
This is especially evident with the Millennial generation where it seems all the traditional dating rules and labels have been purposefully and rebelliously rejected.
It appears that the ‘hookup’ culture has been on the rise for several years and polls reveal that young adults are not simply swapping marriage for living together, but rather staying single longer. This doesn’t necessarily mean they’re staying out of relationships, it just seems they are less likely to make the more serious commitments associated with moving in together, much less marriage.
I see this trend in my young, single friends and family members. On the surface, most of them appear to be carefree, independent, and happy with the freedom to indulge in immediate gratification, always keeping an eye out for the next best thing. But sadly, if you manage to engage them in a serious, open discussion, many confess that they secretly want to have an intimate, long-term relationship. They're confused by the blurry role definitions and floundering when it comes to figuring out how to fulfill this need for permanence and security in our modern atmosphere of non-commitment.
But it doesn't matter if you're a struggling Millennial or an older single who's overwhelmed by the new world of online dating; there are solid dating and relationship principles that will ALWAYS apply.
Our YourTango Experts panel members share their most important pieces of this dating advice in this video. Advice that will perhaps shift your focus onto areas you may be neglecting that are critical for achieving a successful dating or relationship experience. Melanie Gorman (YourTango Experts Senior VP) leads this discussion and gets a variety of inputs from Author Arielle Ford, Marriage & Family Therapist Dr. Foojan Zeine, Marriage & Couples Counselor Rhoberta Shaler and Life Coach Renee Jain.