Cruel story of youth online dating

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OK, a couple of disclaimers before you pillory the argument: I’m not a “younger millennial.” If millennials are defined as those who are 19 to 35 years old in 2016, then at 29 I clock in on the “What are the young people up to these days? So, younger young people, weigh in in the comments please and tell me what I’m missing; I’m all ears.

Second disclaimer: I believe that everyone should have exactly as much sex as they do or don’t want to have, with whomever they do or don’t want to have it, in whatever fashion they do or don’t want to have it.

The problem isn’t that millennials are having less sex, but that many of their reasons reveal warped values and a fear-based approach to existence.

Here’s a generation swearing off a life-affirming and life-creating act in record numbers, simply because they don’t know what to do with it.

For example, many young people speak disparagingly of the messy emotional state love and lust can engender, referring to it as “catching feelings.”Online life “ends up putting a lot of importance on physical appearance, and that, I think, is leaving out a large section of the population,” said Twenge, who teaches psychology at San Diego State University.

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