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While lounging in the park the other day, I made a strange and surprising observation about relationships.

Strolling in the park were many families toting young children in carriages and carriers, groups of  elderly people and the occasional person who seemingly was walking alone listening to music.   Some sat down to read a  book,  paint  or absorb the sunlight while others just strolled on by.  What was strangely absent from this entire picture were the many young couples holding hands that one would expect to see on such a beautiful day.

It hit me like a freight train as it finally occurred to me that this was something I have been noticing quite frequently lately.   There seems to be less and less young couples holding hands and stealing the occasional forbidden public kiss or display of affection.  I thought to myself, why is this happening and has anyone else has noticed?

I remember that there used to be countless couples walking hand in hand on buses, in parks and movie theaters who would steal a kiss and you could hear the whispers and grunts of the people who seem offended by this public display of affection.

I became obsessed with trying to figure out why this was happening and have yet to come up with an  entirely accurate response, but I think that it is somewhat related to the Internet.

I believe that it may have a lot to do with online relationships.

A considerable amount of people that I spoke to told me that they are currently in an online dating type relationships.  They simply meet their mates every day online instead of in the public realm. This would explain things as much of online relationships takes place at home on the phone, web cam or by email.

My personal thoughts on online relationships are twofold.  Like most things in life, online relationships can be used for good and bad.  They allow you the opportunity to get to know what a person is like before actually ever becoming intimate with them and they can offer chances to meet people that otherwise would not have taken place.  That being said,  they can also be used for harm.

Online relationships can be used for abuse and statistics show that online cheating is becoming a huge factor in many recent divorce situations.

What does all this mean and are we losing the simple things in relationships like personal touch and holding hands to the more impersonal online dating world?   No one knows for sure; I do believe; however, that just like anything else this is just a fad that will not last for very long.

As we all are well aware of, fads come and go quickly.  It seems inevitable that eventually online relationships will become boring and the need for more personal touch will prevail.  The successful online relationships will be the ones that allow people to meet on a regular basis.   You simply cannot endure a relationship for a long period of time without any form of  personal contact.

Life seems to be about everything old is new again and perhaps next year when spring time comes around there will once again be couples holding hands and frolicking public.  Only time will tell.

Until then, keep reading our blogs for interesting stories on things like relationships, dieting and health because anything you learn today is a step towards personal growth for tomorrow.


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Have we lost the simple things in relationships?4Richard Murphy2011-04-12 13:48:00While lounging in the park the other day, I made a strange and surprising observation about relationships.
Strolling in the park were many families t…
Have we lost the simple things in relationships?While lounging in the park the other day, I made a strange and surprising observation about relationships.
Strolling in the park were many families t…