12 Things Millennials Know To Be True About Love

Many people would incorrectly assume that young millennials don’t know anything about love. But this generation has redefined love and romance to the point that they actually might be unrecognizable to the other generations. So what does this newer generation know to be true? Listen up.

  1. Marriage isn’t always the end goal of a relationship. Study after study keeps listing how marriage rates are declining with our generation. This is because we’re more financially strapped, but also because we know throwing a ring on it isn’t the most important thing when it comes to love. You can have kids and be committed without it. So why the pressure?
  2. Going public with your love online is a big deal. Is it really official if you’re not official online? Nope! Publicly claiming your lover online means you’re publicly forsaking others. Even millennials who are private about their personal life get this.
  3. Long-distance relationships can be fun. It was much harder to keep the love alive without cellphones and laptops. But now you can have dates where you can hear each other’s voices and see each other’s faces while miles away. Sure, there are some people who are still against it, but most millennials know that it’s possible to make it work.
  4. You can fall in love in the most random places. The older generation tend to stick to dating websites when it comes online dating, but us millennials know that there are many other possibilities. Many young people are falling in love on Twitter, Instagram, Tinder, and more. Sure, some of those things aren’t specifically for finding someone. But that’s what makes it more special when you do.
  5. Romance is more important than sex. Don’t act so surprised! Research has shown that millennials put romance before sex more than any other age group. Perhaps it’s because they know sex will only take a relationship so far.
  6. Love isn’t just for straight people. Times are changing, and this generation is showing that. Millennials’ support for gay marriage is at an all-time high. Society still has a lot of work to do, but at least the younger people are showing hope that love will have fewer restrictions.
  7. There’s nothing like falling asleep over Skype or FaceTime together. When it’s late into the night and you can’t get yourself to pull away from each other, there’s nothing like technology to replace the empty space in the bed next to you. Sure, it’s kind of overkill on your battery, but who cares? You’re in love!
  8. A breakup is sometimes never truly over until you unfollow or unfriend him. It’s tough, but there are some exes you can’t be friends with in real life and online. The one last break is burning the bridge online so you’re not constantly getting updates on his life. It’s tough, but sometimes necessary.
  9. The Notebook is the epitome of relationship goals. Growing old and staying together even when your health might not be up to snuff is the goal. It’s not a fairy tale; it’s something that could actually happen in real life. Although we probably won’t have it with Ryan Gosling like we wish.
  10. A lover means a designated Netflix partner. Many of us really don’t have high expectations for a relationship. But one is usually having that person binge watch shows we really care about. There’s nothing like indulging in something together, but there also is no bigger betrayal than that person watching a show without you!
  11. Hooking up is okay, but love is so much better. The media would like everyone to think that millennials are just hooking up all the time, but if you look at the numbers, millennials are having sex with fewer people than their parents did. There’s nothing wrong with racking up a number of partners if you want, but millennials know that there are more important things out there.
  12. There’s nothing wrong with public displays of affection. This is the generation of dance mobs, scavenger hunts, serenades, and more for proposals and prom on camera. This generation is all about being loud and proud about our love, and there is nothing wrong with that.
Nicole Weaver is a staff writer for YourTango and regularly contributes to Hollywood, The Bolde, and Proud2BMe. She is a lover of all things entertainment meaning she spends most of her nights in New York binge watching television shows. Follow her on Twitter at @nikkibernice.