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Relationships are changing. The relationships of today are far different from not just the ones our parents and grandparents knew, but even the ones people found themselves in just 10 years ago. Long gone are the days of marital necessity, and in are the days of realizing love can exist without long-term commitment where independence and freedom are what really make a person happy.

A new study by EliteSingles has found that what was once considered “normal” for relationships is no longer the case. We, as a society, are evolving and the relationship trends that are the result of this evolution are really awesome. Austrian futurologist, Prof. Reinold Popp, worked with EliteSingles to see just where we’re headed with our relationships, and what we can expect to see more of in the future. Best part? Not having to share the bed every single night!


1. People Will Be Pickier
Settling is totally a thing for generations past. The future will be all about people having a checklist of dealbreakers who aren’t afraid to adhere to them. This will also mean that the actual relationship quality will matter even more, too. As it should be now, but I guess people are going to step it up on that end.


2. Independence Will Be Paramount
People no longer want to live for someone else, but live for themselves instead, and in doing so, they’re putting themselves first and foremost. Forty percent of those surveyed preferred to stave off co-habitating as a means to retain their independence, while “realizing individual goals will continue to increase.”


3. Couples Therapy Will Be The Norm
According to EliteSingles psychologist, Dr. Wiebke Neberich, couples are now more willing, than ever, to recognize issues as their relationship complexities grow and deal with them, instead of just bailing. Finally! A world where therapy might lose its awful stigma! What a dream!


4. Living Separately Will Be More Desirable
Living together? Forget it. You have that awesome one-bedroom of yours for a reason, so hang on to it as long as you can. In fact, 60% were all about living alone, because, well, indedependence, freedom, and not sharing a bed, obviously.

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