Beyond that, I wasn’t sure what I wanted, exactly, but I knew I didn’t want to feel suffocated by a partner.
For today’s 20- and 30-somethings, these trends are meaningful.
More than 40 percent of millenials think marriage is “becoming obsolete” (compared to 43 percent of Gen Xers, 35 percent of baby boomers, and 32 percent of people aged 65-plus).
We eventually broke up (for various reasons, most of which weren’t related to our openness), but since then I’ve remained interested in rethinking relationships—and it turns out I’m not alone.
Nonmonoga-me—Current Trends Estimates suggest there are more than half a million openly polyamorous families in the U.
My then-boyfriend and I decided to try an open relationship.
We were committed to each other, referred to each other as boyfriend and girlfriend, and were both allowed to date and be physically intimate with other people.
For many of us, the urge to couple up is a strong one. But does love mean never dating or having sex with other people?
Several years ago, I decided to challenge the idea that the only way to a loving, committed relationship was to be monogamous.
I wanted to care about someone without feeling owned by them, and I wanted that someone to feel the same way.
Add to that the fact that I’d been single for a while (after having been in a monogamous relationship for even longer) and—I’m woman enough to admit it—wasn’t ready to give up the freedom to flirt with strangers.