Another Possibility

Talking about people having extramarital affairs (and an article which discusses how younger people aren’t, while older people — Boomers, natch — are), Insty makes this comment:

On the one hand, that’s good. On the other hand, I’m slightly concerned that it has less to do with evolving morality, and more to do with declining libido.

On the gripping hand, maybe — and I speak from experience here — it’s about seeing their parents’ generation up close and concluding that all those affairs didn’t seem to make them happier, and did a lot of collateral damage.

I have a different theory, although I agree with all three of his hands’ suggestions. I think that younger married people are having fewer extramarital bonks because, quit frankly, the choices are not that great. When I see how many total fucking loons, nuts and batshit-crazy young people there are out there, it’s small wonder that a younger married couple will look at that, shudder, and decide that Hubby or Wifey are far more palatable options.

Seriously: I speak here from experience, having seen both Daughter and the Son&Heir (as well as their many friends) navigate their way through the shark-infested waters of their early- and mid-twenties, and I’m quite frankly shocked that anyone of that age managed to form a lasting relationship at all.

As for the Boomers… I believe that anyone who’s ever read anything I’ve written on the topic knows exactly how I feel about my own generation. (Cliff Notes: we’re goats.)

We’ll see, though, how it all pans out. Loons and psychopaths aside, nobody gets into a long-term relationship like a marriage thinking it’s going to fall apart, and maybe when it comes to extramarital bonking the Millennials are, as with so much of their lives, simply late bloomers.

3 comments

  1. The thing to remember with all of this boomers this and millenials that, is that generations don’t do anything. Individuals do.

  2. Yet another possibility is that marriage as an institution is in decline. Fewer people getting married means fewer people who can have, by definition, extra-marital affairs.

    Also, as you’ve noted, people lie to survey takers about such things.

  3. I recently had a conversation with a pair of rather attractive young ladies while standing in line; about 30 seconds in I became concerned that such an intense degree of irrationality and lack of understanding about how life on this planet operates might be contagious.

    I suspect it is, in fact, contagious, but age and experience seem to be adequate immunization. I fear, however, that many in, and near, my age group appear to require booster shots. As for the younger, I fully understand the phrase “ripe for the picking” which may at least partially explain their relationships.

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