The Results Are In: Situationships Cut Deeper Than Relationships
eharmony’s Dating Diaries unlocks Gen Z’s take on heartbreak.
Last time we checked, Gen Z was all about situationships. Instead of the old approach of begging lovers “what are we?” Gen Z women opted for “empowering themselves by asking for a casual — yet clearly defined — relationship centered around transparency and freedom,” Tinder stated. New research, however, points to an evolving story.
According to eharmony, women are opting for situationships. But instead of feeling empowered, it’s resulting in utter heartbreak. In eharmony’s survey, eharmony found that ”75% of singles have had their heart broken from a situationship, spiking at 82% among Gen Z.”
Aiming to understand what this meant, eharmony inquired further about the internalizing of feelings and found that “53% found their situationship heartbreak equally or more painful as a longer ‘real’ and committed relationship.”
eharmony’s in-house expert, Minaa B., elaborated on the effects of situationship endings.
“Situationships can be confusing and emotionally complex because they don’t have the clear boundaries and expectations that come with a committed relationship. In a situationship, two people may be spending a significant amount of time together, sharing intimate moments and feelings, and even engaging in physical intimacy, but without any clear commitment or path towards a future together it can leave both parties feeling uncertain, anxious and vulnerable. Additionally, because there may not have been a formal commitment, it can be harder to find support from friends and family who may not understand the emotional investment and vulnerability that comes with a situationship.”
With all things considered, are situationships really worth the hype?
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