“The four most beautiful words in our common language: I told you so.” – Gore Vidal
The Man’s Guide To Dating
In general, women have a lot to say about relationships.
I mean, technically, women have a lot to say about EVERYTHING, but we tend to be particularly eager to provide love advice to anyone willing to listen.
The female sex is good at doing this for two reasons: We tend to be more compassionate and empathetic towards others going through heartache. We also REALLY love to be right, and because we spend a lot of time dissecting our own relationships, we enjoy extending our knowledge to others in this area.
To be clear, this doesn’t mean women are any better at being romantic than men; it just means we’re good at offering input to others no matter how much of a train wreck our own relationships are. What is that saying, again? If you can’t do, teach…?
But the reality is, plenty of men have their own share of experiences that they’ve learned valuable lessons from; it just seems they aren’t as eager to give tips on love (solicited or otherwise).
Here, Urbo interviews 8 men, asking them what advice they would give their younger selves regarding mistakes to avoid and actions to take in that thing called “love.”
When the sanctity of marriage was first imposed, the average person was living to be about thirty. Assuming most couples married when they were around 13 or 14, the average marriage only lasted about 15 years. Which, coincidentally, is about the time it takes people to realize they can’t stand each other.
Medical advances have extended the human lifespan allowing us to live upward of 100 years. 100 YEARS, PEOPLE! That’s a long-ass time to be on this planet. Then, when you factor in marriage, that number sounds even more daunting.
Let’s say the average person marries around 25, maybe 30 years old. Theoretically, you’ve committed to loving someone for 60 years. That’s a loooooooong time to have to put up with someone’s shit. It amounts to roughly 21,000 days of arguing with your spouse to keep the toilet seat down or put their dirty clothes in the hamper.
Among other factors, I believe this extension in lifespan is one of the reasons the divorce rate is steadily climbing. Not many people can stand being with THEMSELVES for that long, let alone another person.
Our longevity has also lead to other unforeseen consequences that are a bit unnerving.
These are some of the other dilemmas our society is facing as baby boomers rapidly approach the “AARP years.”
Two Peas In A Pod
Have you ever seen those videos of beautiful couples that work out together, and you’re sitting there thinking, “awww #relationshipgoals.” Well, stop it! Because more than likely the result would look less like those perfectly-rehearsed montages and more like this…