Teen dating research
“I thought, ‘All right, the long-distance shenanigans are over now, we’re moving in together, and it’s time to have a real go at this,’” he says, taking a sip of his beer.
He was therefore surprised when the first thing Leah gave him after the move was a book called Certainly, open heterosexual relationships are nothing new.
They are opening up to having an open relationship, either in totality or for periods of time.
I have couples that have closed relationships or open relationships depending on how they feel about the relative health of their relationship.
Even the term “open relationship” seems like a throwback, uncomfortably reminiscent of free-love hippies, greasy swingers and a general loucheness so overt as to seem almost kitsch.
So we decided to put together a State of the Union on the American teenager.
He doesn’t have a long-standing secondary relationship like Leah (“I’ve actually veered away from doing that”), but he certainly enjoys the company of other women, even sometimes when Leah is home.
“I like everyone to meet each other and be friends and stuff,” he explains.
To learn what American teenagers in 2016 really like, and what they don't, we polled about 60 of them from across the US.
We spoke with teens ages 13 to 19, in middle school, high school, and college.Neither of them had had an open relationship before, though it was something that Leah had contemplated.