Friday Morning Open Thread

February 14, 2014

What’s up?

Happy TGIF all — and Happy Valentine’s Day! Here are a series of photos on Buzzfeed — “44 Stock Photos That Hope to Change the Way We Look at Women” — that made me smile. Enjoy!

Speaking of romance in the Internet age, Ball State University researchers found that the average age for marriage in the United States is now 28 for men, and 26 for women, compared to the early 1950s when it was 22 for men and 20 for women.

(Family studies Professor Scott) Hall says that Internet dating, long-distance relationships and more casual sexual encounters allow young adults to explore more options outside of marriage. Instead of the traditional courting routine of spending time together and impressing parents, young people tend to go on group dates or simply spend time together without a formal commitment.

He also believes today’s young adults have more experiences than they would have a generation or two ago, allowing them to take their time in selecting a mate. At the same time, Hall questions young adults’ abilities to adjust to monogamy after years of individualistic pursuits.

What say you?

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?