I often receive requests for interviews from journalists and this question inevitably pops up.I am used to this type of questions and usually I answered them that NO, people using Russian dating sites are not desperate and they are not losers, as the popular opinion holds, they are good honest people looking for their true love, etc, etc.But many were also in their 20s and early 30s, people who found (or felt) themselves still standing when the music stopped.The never-marrieds were hardly alone either – the number of single person households (though this includes widows and widowers) was the fastest-growing type after the 70s.
Continue reading I just had a moment where I realized that for the rest of my life I’m going to have to deal with the impermanence of life.
This is a guest post by Zoe Strimpel, a third-year doctoral student at the University of Sussex, where she holds the Asa Briggs Ph D scholarship in Modern British History.
Her thesis explores the relationship between the British matchmaking industry after 1970 and changing romantic norms and gender dynamics.
She has written two non-academic trade books about dating and gender: Change can be confusing and frightening, particularly when it feels like control – however tenuous – is slipping away.
And when people are confused, scared, or feel they’re losing their grip, they get angry. In my view, hot emotions such as anger not only provide a framework for considering the affective drivers of everyday experience but they act as a flare on the horizon, alerting us to areas of sensitivity we might otherwise miss.