Like most men, I myself have had several relationships that were more or less successful. I am single today and very happy about it, but my parents still have a hard time not confronting me with my situation. Their views on relationships are often archaic, and their advice obsolete. So when So when I came across Blue Nile’s little infographic about the paradigm changes of our relationships, in contrast to our elder generations, I immediately wanted to share it with you. It can give some perspective or simply shut down your parents nagging 🙂 And if you are not in a relationship, this guide my help you asking the right one out on a date.
The graphic showcases ways that our attitudes have evolved in relationships, no matter what phase you are in, single, dating, engaged and even married. One theme that stays true throughout each of these phases is having a strong personal identity. This is shown in the “single” section through mentioning “knowing you’re a good one” is the popular empowered new attitude, while before people were “wondering where all the good ones are”. It carries through in “dating” by noting at the importance of open conversations, specifically about moving in together rather than waiting around to be asked. It also is mentioned in the “engaged” section, where the suggestion is shopping for an engagement ring together rather than leaving one person in charge. The strong personal identity shines through in every tip for “marriage”, from sharing roles and responsibilities to contributing equally, as opposed to following traditional gender roles. Just remember, whether you are single or coupled up, stay true to yourself and never settle for anything less than you deserve