A media relations director for the Florida Department of Children and Families, her frequent appearances on local TV news have accustomed her to the spotlight.
"In this day and age, it's totally acceptable for a guy or girl to look at your picture on Facebook, check your profile and then send you a message suggesting you go out, even though you don't know them.
People do hook up more casually."Teens text rather than talk. adult population is now uncoupled, the largest percentage ever, and in Central Florida singles are the majority.
Twenty-somethings use apps to locate nearby singles on the prowl. It gives that generation more time to explore when, in decades past, they would have been expected to get married and have children."And, it turns out, there are more singles to explore than ever. Fifty-four percent of Metro Orlando's 1.8 million adults are single, divorced, widowed or separated, according to the latest census figures."We're on totally new ground — not only historically but anthropologically," says Justin Garcia, an evolutionary biologist and researcher at The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University.
They go out as a group and have a group experience, often organized around events and games," she says.
"That actually gives them a chance to learn about other people without the onus of having to have one special person."As they do start to pair up, though, they may find the digital age brings a new set of pitfalls.
Once-private relationship decisions, for instance, are now awkwardly public.Carrie Proudfit, 36, is just glad she no longer has to worry about it.And college students and young professionals are generally postponing marriage and kids until they've established a career."There's a different mindset among young people today, in part because they're experiencing a kind of extended childhood," says sociologist Ida Cook of the University of Central Florida. "We don't know of any other species that has so many single adults.Humans are moving in and out of relationships in totally new ways."Consider 21-year-old Chad Gagnier of Orlando, now a senior at Florida State University, who says, "I kind of have a girlfriend right now — but not really.It's sort of a nebulous relationship, but that's actually pretty common."For Millennials — those born from the early 1980s to the early 2000s — studies show not only widespread use of social media to find a short- or long-term partner, but also a widespread acceptance of the friends-with-benefits phenomenon: relationships that are both platonic and sexual but not romantic.Delayed dating can be a good thing, Cook says."In high school, a lot of young people don't necessarily date now.