This is the first generation to come of age with social media, instant – even constant – Internet and phone connection, and relaxed pressures to marry early.It is responsible for terms like "hooking up" (nonrelationships known to previous generations as one-night stands) and "friends with benefits" (a sexual relationship without emotional involvement).
Marriage isn’t the honeymoon in Thailand—it’s day four of vacation #56 that you take together. To endure 20,000 days with another human being and do so happily, there are three key ingredients necessary: I enjoy spending time with most of my friends—that’s why they’re my friends.
Marriage is not celebrating the closing of the deal on the first house—it’s having dinner in that house for the 4,386th time. But with certain friends, the time is so high-quality, so interesting, and so fun that they pass the Traffic Test. It means I’m lost in the interaction, invigorated by it, and that I’m the complete opposite of bored.
Broken relationships and divorce are at an all-time high.
Popular movies and television shows such as How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days and Friends do little to help couples strengthen their interactions with one another or make solid, well-informed premarital decisions.
When Amy Monticello and Jason Tucker got married, it wasn't the passionate act of two people who'd fallen madly in love.