In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we’ve taken a look at what it really means to be in a relationship as a Millennial in our modern world. It’s crazy to think that just five years ago the phrase ‘swiping right’ might have been associated with swiping a credit card correctly, and online dating was still frowned upon by some. Today, the idea of spontaneously meeting someone in a bar that you haven’t yet pre-vetted online can feel foreign. Consequently, the conventions of relationships, especially casual relationships, have completely changed.
Unsurprisingly, Millennials are taking a much more fluid approach to dating than older generations: 4 in 10 Millennials think it’s acceptable to regularly hook up with strangers they meet on dating sites and apps compared to just 1 in 10 people over the age of 65 (Truth About Youth).
That being said, you may be happy to hear that romantic idealism is still alive and well. While online dating has certainly transformed the way we think about relationships, it doesn’t mean that romanticism has disappeared. Finding love is still very much aspirational—given three wishes for the future, 31% of Millennials would choose to meet their soul mate or stay with their current partner forever (Truth About Youth).
In honor of romantics everywhere, we’d like to present the Kiss-O-Meter! We asked people all over the world how old they were when they had their first romantic kiss. Daring Brazilians had their first kiss at 14 years old followed by Chile, France, Mexico and the US all at 15. On the other end of the spectrum we see those in China and Egypt choosing to wait until they’re a bit mature at 20 and 21, respectively.
Happy Valentine’s Day!