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Mark Regnerus provides some insights into the modern dating scene:
Most Americans of this generation are now more free than the earlier generations. They are free and spoilt for choice to date, marry, divorce or have casual sexual encounters.
The price of this freedom, as it turns out, may be loneliness.
In the dating apps on our smartphones, the rules are according to the app makers on how people can meet, connect or talk to each other.
Youngsters are now wary of a life-long relationship and consider it as an option.
As observed in modern heterosexual relationships, the reasons to sacrifice and commit have largely faded for men.
The path to commitment in a relationship is now riddled with confusion and doubt.
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