All the world’s a stage/and all the men and women merely players (Shakespeare, 1-2).
Most people say the players of today’s stage grow up too fast. If that is a fact, the question people should be asking is why? Can it be blamed on television? videogames? the sex education program at their school? The experts seem to agree that a combination of these and other aspects of a teen’s life all influence the rate of maturation. The next step in understanding this idea is to study the ways in which this pace changes other facets of the teen’s existence. One way in which these factors manipulate an adolescent’s life is in the arena of dating.
To clearly illustrate this, one may compare the changes in dating from the Baby Boomer generation to Generation Y. Just the other day, I was complaining about how my boyfriend doesn’t text me enough, and my mom informed me that she and her extremely serious high school boyfriend would sometimes go for an entire week without talking! My take on why this had changed so much is that in the current day and age there are so many outlets and ways for teens to communicate, so we do so constantly and if that consistency is broken, we feel ill at ease. In my mom’s day, it was no big deal because no one talked 24/7. The people my age are accustomed to seeing people on television and at school texting all the time, so therefore they feel that if they are not following suit they must be an outcast.
This memoir is about looking back on all of my school days so far and acknowledging the good’s and bad times that I’ve had during these days. The first school I went too was the Knox church. The second school where I spent seven years at was Caudle Park elementary. During my easy years in junior high were spent at A. J. Smeltzer. I don’t remember a lot about my days in preschool. I went to ...
Another reason that people have different expectations of dating is the base idea of what it means to be “dating” someone. “Full of wise saws, and modern instances/and so he plays his part” and thinks he knows it all in the dating world (Shakespeare, 21-22).
A study done by Multnomah Bible College right here in Oregon showed that people twenty years ago thought of dating as “going to the movies on a Friday night” without any belief that the two would necessarily reconnect at any later date; “Dating someone one Friday didn’t mean he was committed to that person. Many people wanted to date someone they were compatible with, but it wasn’t necessarily expected.” As someone in the dating arena now, I can see so clearly that this is not the case. Of my friends now, I can name maybe one who goes on “casual dates.” Most either hang out in groups or date one on one with a boyfriend or girlfriend.
As time passes, dating changes. As they say, “Everyone has opinions on teen dating (and you know what they say about opinions…they’re like armpits…everybody has them…and they all stink!).” People will always be shaped by the time in which they live and as such, so will be their ideas on dating.