We’ve all heard the accusations: romance is dead, and so is chivalry. But are they really? Maybe guys aren’t laying down their jackets for us to walk over puddles, but that doesn’t mean that all hope is lost for those of us who call ourselves romantics. Even laid back women still want romance, and that’s nothing to feel guilty about. Luckily, romance isn’t dead. Here are some of the reasons that we’re still holding out hope:
Ever since the 1990s, divorce rates are actually going down. Although pop culture has somehow internalized the statistic that half of marriages end up in divorce, a New York Times study shows that recent marriages have actually fared much better. According to the study, the divorce rate peaked in the 1970s and has been declining ever since. Social scientists now think that almost 70% of marriages will make it until death.
Valentine’s Day spending continues to rise. Who says that chivalry doesn’t exist? Certainly not florists and chocolatiers. According to a 2015 study on Valentine’s Day spending, we bought 196 million roses. That’s a lot of romance.
We’re dating whoever we want to, and we’re not tied down by stereotypes about who we should love. More than half of millennials have dated outside their race. That means that we’re more comfortable breaking arbitrary racial barriers, and more likely to seek out a partner based on the things that really matter – like love!
Long distance relationships are on the rise. In a way, there’s no relationship more innocent than a long distance relationship. The require commitment, self-control, self-sacrifice, and a great deal of patience. The fact that so many people are willing to stick with their long-distance lovers is a clear declaration that when we find love, we want to hold on to it and make it work at all costs.
Guys all over the world are continuously wowing us with awesome, creative proposals. So many guys are stepping up their game and taking proposals to a whole new level. These guys are basically the poster boys for romance.
Even high schoolers are getting onto the romance train with “promposals.” When I was a teenager, in the 2000s, getting a date to the prom was as simple as writing a note to your crush with a “Circle One: Yes, No” scribbled on the bottom. The “romantics” were the ones who would simply ask you themselves (but not before getting confirmation of your impending approval through friends, of course). These days, though, wannabe prom dates are expect jump through the elaborate hoops of creative “promposals” asking girls to be their dates.
Cuddling has been scientifically proven to help cure headaches and migraines. It’s true. When you cuddle with your loved one, your brain releases oxytocin, which helps surprises pain, especially in the cases of headaches and migraines. Forget the pills. Bring on the cuddles.
Men are doing more housework. Statistically, men are spending more time on housework than they did in previous generations – and what’s more romantic than your sweetie folding the laundry? Seriously, though, apparently women really do find guys helping out around the housework. Research shows that couples who share chores equally have more sex. Now that’s romantic.
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