Issue 5 Magazine Opinions

How Dating Has Changed

Dating in America has changed a lot over the years. Gender Roles, social media, and defining what one wants are all key factors in creating a new view on relationships. 

Having a relationship in America during early 1900’s usually resulted in marriage, children, and a life spent together. The woman in the relationship would be the stereotypical inferior mother who cooks, cleans, and takes care of the kids. The father would take the superior role and work all day . In my opinion, back then, relationships were more family based and each gender had a specific role. Now, that has changed due to feminist values and the fight for being treated equally. Although this movement has always existed, in recent years people have really amplified the yearn for change. Most women have taken the initiative in relationships and put their foot down when not being treated right. 

Social media is one of the biggest factors in relationship development over the years. The popularity of Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter increases the chance of meeting new people and learning their interests. The portrayal of oneself on profiles can intrigue people and start conversations. I personally have met a handful of significant others through social media due to the vast range of different people to talk to virtually,  from different cities, states, and even countries. Online dating has been a lot less taboo and more common. This gesture has gotten singles to interact and get to know each other before meeting in person. 

To go off the idea of finding interests in online dating, many people are becoming more comfortable in defining what they want. Relationships differ between many things. Hookups are a lot more common than before and people are not lowkey about it. Dating is still common, but for me, especially in high school it isn’t very important. I believe it’s all about maturity and focusing on myself as well as getting my life to where I want it to be in the future. Although I’ve dated in the past, now as a junior I’ve realized its not something I want to waste my time on. Most relationships including teenage ones never work out anyways. 

Dating has changed so much over the years whether it’s different roles, the way of meeting people virtually, and explaining what type of relationship one wants or how they want it. I believe that communication is the key in a relationship if thinking about being in one. High School is filled with hormonal, selfish teenagers thinking they love or know how to love, but in reality, it is not going to matter in the long run.