I don’t even know that relationships are seen as an integrated part of this whole ‘future’ idea.” Enter “The Dating Project,” which conveniently picks up where Stepp’s book left off.“Our premise was to follow five single people trying to figure out dating in the age of social media, texting, hanging out, and hooking up,” writes Catherine Sample, one of the film’s producers."It's kind of cliché, but it's also so easy to date people in the city," Sarah*, a 26-year-old media assistant, told of relationship commitment, people need three things to want to actually stay in a relationship: satisfaction with their partner, a lack of alternatives and a large emotional investment.In today's ultra-saturated, fast-paced dating climate, that three-pronged package is much harder to come by.
"Being in a committed relationship seems like so much time, work and energy than just spending time with someone I like without a lot of pressure," Casey*, 25, who has been in three noncommitted relationships, told .When so many people feel fulfilled by noncommitted relationships, being tied down doesn't seem that appealing. "Like, I don't know how to be a girlfriend anymore."While eschewing labels might be freeing for some, it can make others feel like they're stuck in relationship purgatory.As Tumblr user the benefits of a nontraditional relationship include "freedom. "Having no labels really deterred me from asking that my emotional needs be met," Tumblr user etereoalma ."I have a full-time job that I love and plenty of other responsibilities and relationships."People who have a lot of other demands on their time, whether it's their career or spending time with family and friends, are "less motivated" to make commitments in their romantic lives, psychologist Jeremy Nicholson explained to that he's been tempted to exclusively date a few women in the past.But because he moves around a lot, it's easier to have multiple label-less relationships at the same time."And I think this truism is as old as time; it's why we like those who are 'hard to get,' why we crave 'the chase.'"Pop culture is currently full of characters who don't want to confront the terms of their relationships.