As the year come to an end I decided to look at the current trends in relationships. These trends are not new but they have become more and more noticeable over the last few years. Although they are not viewed as the norm today they may be in the very near future. Parents are going to have to get used to the fact that the relationship advice and attitudes of the past may not be relevant to the modern day relationships. In fact the whole basis for relationships may need to be re-evaluated especially for older adults who may be once again entering the dating scene.

Lets face it, r elationships are changing. The relationships of today are far different, not just from the ones our parents and grandparents knew, but even the ones people found themselves in just 10 years ago. Long gone are the days of marital necessity, and in are the days of realizing love can exist without long-term commitment where independence and freedom are what really make a person happy.

A new study by EliteSingles has found that what was once considered “normal” for relationships is no longer the case. We, as a society, are evolving and the relationship trends that are the result of this evolution are really awesome. Austrian futurologist, Prof. Reinold Popp, worked with EliteSingles to see just where we’re headed with our relationships, and what we can expect to see more of in the future. Best part? Not having to share the bed every single night!

#1. People Will Be Pickier
Settling is totally a thing for generations past. The future will be all about people having a checklist of dealbreakers who aren’t afraid to adhere to them. This will also mean that the actual relationship quality will matter even more, too — as it should be now — but I guess people are going to step it up on that end.

#2. Independence Will Be Paramount
People no longer want to live for someone else, but live for themselves instead, and in doing so, they’re putting themselves first and foremost. Forty percent of those surveyed preferred to stave off co-habitating as a means to retain their independence, while “realizing individual goals will continue to increase.”

#3. Couples Therapy Will Be The Norm

According to EliteSingles psychologist, Dr. Wiebke Neberich, couples are now more willing than ever to recognize issues as their relationship complexities grow, and deal with them, instead of just bailing. Finally! A world where therapy might lose its awful stigma! What a dream!

#4. Living Separately Will Be More Desirable
Living together? Forget it. You have that awesome one-bedroom of yours for a reason, so hang on to it as long as you can. In fact, 60 percent were all about living alone, because, well, indedependence, freedom, and not sharing a bed, obviously.

#5. Marriage Will Be About ‘Experience’ Instead Of ‘Support’
Once an accepted means of “survival,” marriage is no longer steeped in being a necessity thing. Those who marry will do it for reasons other than security and tradition, like for the experience of it.

#6. Serial Monogamy Will Be All The Rage

Although the EliteSingles survey found that people still believe in “the one,” and 85 percent WANTED a life partner, only 45 percent believe in having just one life partner was a possibility. As Dr. Neberich explains, “the future is one in which people have a number of different, shorter-term partners.” This was especially true for women over 45, while those under 35 were still a bit more apt to hang on to the idea of one partner. In this case, although not scientifically proven, romantic comedies are clearly to blame.

#7. Being Single Will No Longer Have a Cliché Age
Once just the stuff of people in their 20s and 30s, the future will be chalk full of singles of  “all age groups as people become single at several points in their life,” because as you know, all that serial monogamy is going on. Maybe double dates with mom?

#8. Online Dating Will Reign Supreme
As we hide further and further behind the comfortable walls that technology has built and we have less time to make actual in-person contact, online dating will not only become more and more the norm, but will be regarded as a “traditional” way to meet people. I wonder if this means the creeps on OKCupid will quit being, well, creepy? Let’s hope so, for the sake of womankind, anyway.

By Amanda Chatel

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