Relationships are breaking down all the time but luckily, social scientists have been measuring why for over 20 years. Although each breakup has its own intricacies and perhaps endless avenues for dissolution, there will often be shared themes among many relationships which academics can measure. Thankfully, some decided to conduct a meta-analysis and put all this info in one place!
A lot if the data I’ll be discussing comes from the US, as abstinence-only sex education (AOSE) programmes are legally enforced and therefore, prevalent. An AOSE programme is one that teaches students to delay sex until marriage and reduces discussion around birth control to their ineffectiveness. The focus of these is on the negative aspects of sexuality.
I’m not reporting on science here and instead, I’m encouraging some thought. Depending on what you value in terms of ethics, the following scenarios can be seen in many ways. I want to demonstrate here that morality is incredibly complex, especially when it comes to relationships and infidelity.
Whether you’ve experienced it yourself, seen your friends or partner go through it, or maybe even with a sibling, you likely have some experience with jealousy. It’s a complex emotion that manifests itself in different ways so I’d like to explore it in this post.
Being single is stigmatised. You might hear about a biological clock running out, or how important it is to settle down and get married. I’m here to tell you how we’ve been duped and how you can live a life as a single person that can be even more fulfilling than a married life.
A word that generates negative connotations in the minds of many. Fetishes are often associated with “weirdos” yet, by some definitions, it’s likely that you have some kind of fetish yourself. To understand what a fetish is, the history surrounding its definition needs to be tracked, along with the culture in which these definitions arose. Definitions often change, as does culture, and the defining of sexual fetish has been no different.
The trajectory of romantic relationships is not always straightforward. Often time when people break up, they get back together and have to work on developing their relationship again. This process of development followed by a breakup can happen multiple times and in the literature is referred to as cyclical relationships.
The 2016/17 academic year was my final year of university and I had the opportunity to carry out an independent project. Naturally, it was about relationships. I am very pleased to be able to say I got a first for it! Thank you to everyone who let me take a look into their relationship and everyone who supported me during the process as without you all, It wouldn’t have been possible. Enjoy!
Note. Due to the appalling state of research into non-heterosexual adolescent relationships, I have focused on data from studies based on heterosexual relationships.
Romantic relationships happen early. Data shows that 25% of 12 year old have reported being a part of one and as adolescence continues, the number jumps to around 50% at age 15 and 75% by 18. A considerable amount of people are getting into relationships early on which begs the questions: what characteristics do romantic relationships at this stage have and should they be encouraged or discouraged?
You’ve probably been given an overly romanticised version of parenthood and that leaves a lot of people unprepared. Being a parent isn’t always as great as it’s made out to be. With children come huge financial and emotional responsibilities which, if you’re not ready for, can really put you in a bad place relative to those who stay childless. Even if you feel like you’re ready for it, you might find out that you overestimated your readiness. This will be exacerbated if you’re a single parent and even more so if you’re away from family or friends who could act as extended caregivers. If you’re a woman then you also have the risks associated with pregnancy and childbirth. Those two things can already be incredibly difficult and once your child is with you, as a woman you will likely deal with the majority of child-related tasks.