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You’re noticed for how your butt looks in a “sink selfie” (in which a girl sits on a bathroom sink and takes a selfie over her shoulder Kim Kardashian style), not for your sparkling personality or your kindness.
Social media and dating apps also make cheating extremely easy.
Early on, teens (especially girls) learn that sexy pictures get likes.
“When you’re in a relationship, their problem is your problem, too,” says Mark, 20, who lives in Texas.
“So not only do you have your set of problems, but if they’re having a bad day, they’re kind of taking it out on you.
The stress alone is ridiculous.” Dealing with people, i Gen’ers seem to say, is exhausting.
College hookups, says James, are a way “to find instant gratification” without the trouble of taking on someone else’s baggage.
(The teens I interviewed assured me they still called it “dating.”) This trend away from dating and relationships continues into early adulthood, with Gallup finding that fewer 18- to 29-year-olds lived with a romantic partner (married or not) in 2015 compared to 2000.