Dating without a relationship
Eliza*, 26, first met her dating partner at the office, where they shared a workspace.
From a span of August through January, they hung out about once a week — going on dates, hooking up, even celebrating each other's birthdays.
They genuinely care about one another, and the relationship continues consistently for months, all while Ilana still sees other people.
Dating partners, with their assumption of a short-term lifespan, avoid that pressure.
"I don't think monogamy is for everyone," said Ian*, 29, who's been in a cycle of dating partners before.
"What we see today is something very similar, only with the sexual component added, given that we live in a world with much more liberal sexual values than our parents."Casual sex has never been more common, accepted and freely enjoyed.
"Nearly as many women as men (85% and 89%, respectively) report enjoying the sexual activity of their last hookup," a 2009 University of Michigan The beauty of dating partners is that they allow for sexual freedom, but without the emotional emptiness.