Some experts worry that technology and the ‘hook-up’ culture it supports are producing a generation that doesn’t know how to form proper relationships.
I’m not sure we’d have got together if we’d met randomly in a bar – if I hadn’t already known he was a nice guy, there would have been nothing to separate him from some random bloke trying it on.’ My current problem is less about the new men in my life and more about the men who just won’t leave it.
The I-don’t-know-what-is-going-on phase of a proto-relationship can continue far longer now.
You can become vastly experienced in the heady yet confusing dance of Early Days – I have had years of it, and know all the steps – yet remain an ignoramus about the mysterious state of proper Girlfriend and Boyfriend.
Emma Weighill-Baskerville believes we risk becoming emotionally stunted by our reliance on texting and instant messaging.
‘As a nation we’re learning that it’s better to dismiss uncomfortable feelings and take an avoidant approach.