Dating has changed, marriage is changing, gender roles are changing. There are now more girls people living by themselves than ever before in the history of the world. This tendency, coupled with the reality that life expectancy has nearly doubled in the last century. Means that individuals are concluding that they can hold off on marriage or not marry at all. Options that mean that dating doesn’t necessarily point in the direction of settling down. As it once did and settling down could mean spending many decades with one person. If they marry early, prompting them to proceed cautiously.
Statistically, more people are marrying and remarrying than ever before. Concerns about fertility are balanced by women deciding that. They can have children without the benefit of a partner, another factor that has radically altered the dating landscape. Some people who are raising children are dating but have never married and don’t intend to. If all this makes your head spin, you are not alone.
Fantasies and realities
In addition to the census, demographic data, and the changing realities. Television shows in the 21st century have significantly changed the dating landscape. Since popular notions perpetuated by the media. While originally fantasy, have a strange habit of morphing into our shared reality. Dating shows have always been a part of the TV landscape. But the bar has been raised, or lowered, depending on how you look at it.
In addition to the traditional plethora of inane dating shows. Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire? Who Wants to Marry My Dad? The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and My Big, Fat, Ugly Fiance have not only made dating. A blood sport but convinced the viewing public that hot tubs. And serial necking in front of a TV camera are normal aspects of dating.