I ran across this article recently and am still in a state of shock. I don’t consider myself old fashioned, but I really can’t wrap my mind around some of the things that are part of the culture for kids in their teens and early twenties.
I understand dating websites. I understand that they are being used more and more and the stigma seems to be decreasing. More and more of my peers are using them to find companionship. Once upon a time we went to bars and on blind dates. Now it seems that an increasing number of good, decent people are using on-line services to find the ideal mate. Great. And yes, I’m stalling. Here’s the real purpose of my blog and how it relates to my daughter’s generation.
With tuition fees rising, along with the cost of living, more and more university students are turning to a dating website for help. seekingarrangement.com connects men and women looking for mutually beneficial relationships, offering money or gifts in return for friendship and companionship. In 2006, 30 per cent of its clients were university students looking for someone to pay their tuition and living costs. That number has jumped to 50 per cent. The website's creators say, on average, students are getting $3,000 per month for their 'companionship'. Some of those relationships end after graduation; some end in marriage.