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Why Are Modern People Turning to Open Relationships?

Why Are Modern People Turning to Open Relationships?

Open relationships have been around for a long time, but they have recently seen a spike in popularity. There are many reasons why people choose to open up their relationships, but the most popular is the freedom it gives them.

Alberto Thompson
Health
Jan 25, 2022

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Open relationships have been around for a long time, but they have recently seen a spike in popularity. There are many reasons why people choose to open up their relationships, but the most popular is the freedom it gives them.

There are several reasons why open relationships are becoming more and more popular in today’s dating culture and why people choose to enter into them. The most important one is that it allows them to take chances with love which may lead to new experiences and opportunities for deeper connections. It is believed that an open relationship can provide a sense of freedom and excitement that traditional monogamy can't match. But not everyone agrees with this. If that sounds like you, then you’ll find this article especially useful!

Are Open Relationships Considered Cheating?

Nope! Cheating is generally considered to be having intimate, romantic, or sexual interactions with another person behind your partner’s back. As long as outside encounters have been previously discussed and agreed upon, simply being in an “open relationship” isn’t cheating. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t cheat in an open partnership!

The cornerstones of open relationships are trust and communication. Both partners will discuss what they can or can’t do at the beginning of the partnership. If both partners had agreed to forgo external romantic relationships, but one had them anyway, this would be considered cheating.

The concept of an open relationship has received even more attention with the development of online dating. People got easy and quick access to casual hookups and a large selection of people who are constantly on the lookout for short-term or long-term affairs. Nowadays, there are dozens of platforms dedicated to adult hook up and anyone can find a woman or a man in an open relationship to have some fun with. Using the search filters of the dating site of your choice, finding someone who meets your needs becomes pretty easy.

There are many people who believe that open relationships don't work because they lack trust. However, there are some statistics that suggest otherwise - one study found that those who were in open relationships were happier and more satisfied with their partners than those who were in traditional ones.

Do People in Open Relationships Get Jealous?

Yes, they do! Just as in monogamous partnerships, jealousy is a common emotion that often rears its ugly head, so how do these people handle it? Well, it all comes down to honesty and communication. We’re not saying monogamous couples are bad at communicating; we’re just saying that people in these types of modern relationships are better at it! By taking the time to discuss (or even simply acknowledge) their feelings, they’re able to better understand their partner’s concerns and take actions to address them. Without this, a happy open relationship can easily devolve into a hasty breakup!

Why Do People Choose Open Relationships Over Closed Ones?

Much like in marriage, the idea of being limited to a single partner can be offputting to some individuals, especially those with a high sex drive or who identify as polyamorous. Some people may choose an open partnership because it allows them to connect with other people while still having someone back at home. Others might do so because they simply prefer to have more than one soulmate. The specifics will vary by person, but the underlying theme remains the same: one simply isn’t enough!

Is An Open Relationship Right for Me?

Only you know the answer to this question, but let’s start with a different question: are you a jealous person? If so, then an open relationship probably isn’t the best idea for you. On the one hand, the limitations of what your partner (and you) can and can’t do will need to be agreed upon by both parties before deciding it’s an open relationship. On the other hand, your partner will likely want to pursue romantic relationshops with other people. Unless you can handle your partner telling you they’re going out with someone else, getting into an open partnership probably isn’t the best idea for your mental health.

However, if you think jealousy’s something that you’ll be able to overcome, then it’s important to have reasonable expectations. Things can easily spiral out of control, so you’ll want to sit down with your partner, discuss boundaries, and reach a mutually agreed-upon set of relationship rules. These will govern your relationship moving forward, so make sure they’ll work for both parties involved! If you start to feel jealous, make sure to explain how you’re feeling to your partner. Doing so will help increase truth and strengthen your open relationship.

A Quick Summary

Now many celebrities are freely talking about being in open relationships with their partners, so people have stopped taking this information too harshly. Those who like this type of relationship can chat and flirt with other people live and on an adult dating site without fear of hurting their partner's feelings. However, you need to understand that the main thing is to be honest and choose those people who support the same lifestyle as you do. Open relationships are not for everyone, but they do work best for some.

Alberto Thompson | I live in Vancouver, Canada, and work as a web developer and graphic designer. Back end programming (PHP, Django/Python, Ruby on Rails) to front end engineering (HTML, CSS, and jQuery/Javascript), digital usability, user interface, and graphic design are all areas of web development where I spend my days. I'm a huge fan of web creation and design in all of its forms, as well as assisting small businesses and artisans with their online presence.

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