Open Relationships & Online Dating

Open Relationships & Online Dating

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The concept of open relationships has been around since the 70s with a few distinctions here and there such as the number of partners and the boundaries in place. The rise of individuals getting into open minded relationships and incorporating things like swinging and other polyamorous sexual practices in their relationships shows the shift in societal ideals and it is clear that more people are moving away from monogamous and socially conventional relationships. Unfortunately, individuals who practice unconventional and more open minded relationships are still stigmatized and labeled unfaithful, commitment-phobic or just plain cheaters, but the online dating world has allowed people to connect and share in similar interest without being judged.

The growth and popularity of online dating sites catered to open minded people is in part due to the larger conversation facing us as a society and whether monogamy is actually sustainable in this day and age. Although we can’t necessarily say that monogamy is dead, there is a clear shift in what the modern man and woman want from relationships and these needs are shifting from the traditional marriage and family to ideals that allow us to be happy, get the most from life and our relationships and be true to ourselves. An open minded relationship provides the perfect space for this allowing you to express your truth in a safe and accepting space.

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Contrary to popular belief, open minded relationships are not just a leeway to avoid commitments as you actually need to be very honest with your partner and trust that they will be honest with you. The relationship needs to fit both your needs or rather all parties involved and mirror your goals, desires, values and philosophies. This takes time and unfortunately a bit of trial and error just like in conventional relationships. You will need to take the time needed and put in the effort to know what you both want from the openness you wish to have in your relationship. You both need to go through a process of self-reflection, self-awareness and management and process your emotions so that you are able to deal with any conflicts that may arise, set boundaries that will help make the process easier and build a relationship that you can both enjoy for years to come.

Open mindedness is essential in any relationship to foster communication, closeness and growth and allow you to accept your partner as they are. However, in an open minded relationship, this is even more crucial as the setup of the relationship can bring out jealousy and envy and breed resentment between partners. Communication and understanding can help prevent these pitfalls and the work needs to start right from the very start. Being honest in your application, choosing the partner that best suits you and asking the right questions before taking the relationship from the virtual world and into the brick and mortar restaurants, cinemas, parks, hotels and rooms that you will hopefully be spending a lot of time in with your significant others. The online dating world just opened up a whole new set of possibilities for you to get your adventurous foot out there and create new beautiful connections.

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