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21st Century Living

Exile In Guyland

Adultolescent
over 1 year ago

What’s the Big Idea? Today, young adults are taking a decade longer to complete the transition to adulthood than did their parents and grandparents. A phase that once consisted of a few awkward years has evolved into a whole new developmental stage of its own: adultolescence. This cultural ...

21st Century Living

Why We’re Still Single, Part II

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almost 2 years ago

Have you ever come across a dating profile that includes the phrase, “I won’t settle for less than perfect, and neither should you”? It seems that the vastness of the online dating market has encouraged a change in attitude among singles away from “I could do worse” towards “I could do better ...

21st Century Living

Why We’re Still Single, Part I

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almost 2 years ago

I can’t shake this feeling that access to online dating is actually making it more difficult for men and women to find love. I know that sounds counterintuitive, especially from a market perspective, but what should have been a useful tool to encourage matching has encouraged a response that is ...

21st Century Living

The Food of Love?

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about 2 years ago

Valentine’s Day is second only to Christmas/New Year’s among holidays whose joyousness or misery depends entirely on the quality of your relationships.  (There is, of course a third category of person – for whom this post will be meaningless – who views Valentine’s Day as a cynical marketing ...

21st Century Living

The Technology of Trust

Maxheadroom
about 2 years ago

Where’s My Global Village? It’s common wisdom that long-distance relationships are hard work. In spite of all the journalistic hyperbole about our ‘global village,’ in spite of Skype and FaceTime and all the other magical technologies that are supposed to erase the distance between us, the ...