Relationships and dating constitute a major amount of time and effort in single people’s lives. The American culture tends to lean toward the nuclear family model of a husband, wife, and children. The common steps in order to reach the goal of building this nuclear family tends to be to graduate college, get a high-paying job, work on a thriving career, meet the person of your dreams, get married, have children, and live happily ever after. While these steps may seem extremely simple, with the immense diversification and sheer population of the United States, it is difficult for many people to find their own way in society, much less locate a person that they can be assured that they will fall in love with forever and that will fall in love with them the exact same way.
Since women have worked hard in past decades to define themselves as equal to men, the traditional role of the man as being the courtier of women is becoming antiquated. More than ever, women are taking an incredibly active approach in searching for and approaching men to possibly start a relationship with. Today’s women are more educated, more goal-driven, and more financially secure than women of the past decades so they typically are not searching for a provider in a man as much as they are searching for a soul mate. It is for this reason that today’s women highly value a man’s integrity and personality, as in the past these traits may have taken a backseat to other, more immediate concerns such as the man possessing job security and the means to start a family. Since today’s women aren’t looking for another person to fulfill their basic needs, they can afford to become infinitely choosier about the men that they forge relationships with.
Today’s men have accepted today’s women’s outlook on life and well-educated men often prefer a woman that is headstrong and able to accomplish her goals as well as take care of herself. Today’s man is able to show women who he is when he’s looking for relationship rather than simply showcasing what he can provide, as was the case for his grandfather and perhaps even his father. Since men today are able to concentrate more on themselves than early generations, it has led some to believe that the modern man is not as capable as his predecessors, but this certainly isn’t true. Like women are able to better search for a man that fits her personality, the man of today is able to look for a woman that will compliment him and be a companion as well as simply a potential mate.
Dating in the modern times requires a certain level of understanding that in age of the World Wide Web and nearly instant gratification and choice, many people will search for years to find just the person that they are looking for. As a result, dating has become an even larger part in the traditional flow chart in between childhood and marriage, making it a much larger part of American’s lives.