Dating is a thing of the past

Dating has become a disputed topic, in that it can mean a lot of different things for different people. These days, “dating” can mean anything from keeping a snap streak to going out to dinner and a movie.

In today’s world, dating is no more than communicating through social media or texting all day long. Most people are in relationships with their phones because the connection stops when communication isn’t done through a phone screen. Most text conversations become pointless and repetitive after a while.

The “phases” of dating don’t make any sense, especially the “talking” stage. Normally when people are in the talking stage, they hangout a couple times a week and then text all the time. This doesn’t make much sense considering you’re not exclusive or labeled during this stage. Some may think that it’s okay to see and “talk” to other people. If two people like each other that much, they should just put a label on it.

When asked, no one can really put a definition to this stage. Talking seems to mean that the two aren’t dating but they aren’t just friends either. There doesn’t seem to be much of a point. To me, this stage occurs because no one wants a label anymore.

Conflicts can arise during the “talking” stage when one person thinks or feels differently than the other. Excuses for certain actions such as talking or hanging out with someone else can include “we aren’t dating” or “I didn’t think we were that serious.” There should be a line drawn between friends and an exclusive relationship with no inbetween.

On the other hand, if two people are in a relationship together, they shouldn’t rely on their cellphones to keep the bond or connection strong. Couples rely on their phones to use during arguments or anything that one person is afraid to confront the other with. There are apps now, like Tinder, that people focus on whether or not a lot of people think they are attractive.

It’s 2018, if there’s mutual feelings between two people, they shouldn’t be hidden or treated as if they don’t matter. A text or snapchat shouldn’t be the go-to. In today’s world, there seems to be so many unwritten rules and things to go by that relationships are hard to keep and maintain. I don’t think people take the time to really get to know a person and romance is lost and also a thing of the past.