How Has the SmartPhone Impacted Intimate Relationships?
The majority of couples in longer term relationships use their smart phones primarily to ‘keep base’ with the partners during periods when they are not together, and manage to successfully negotiate rules to minimise the use of their phones when they are together. However, for a minority of couples excessive Smart Phone usage when together…
The Sex Map of Britain
The Sex Map of Britain is a very interesting recent documentary series which ‘meets people for whom sex, sexuality and having children is far from straightforward. The series covers the following topics: The reality of being a ‘cheap prostitute’ – selling sex for as little as £4. Why some people choose a career in porn.…
How many people are single?
An exploration of some of the problems of official statistics on ‘single people’
Chas and Dave on Modern Relationships
Chas and Dave may not realise it, but I think many of their songs demonstrate how their (working class male) experience of the shift in gender-relations and the emergence of the pure relationship hasn’t been a comfortable one… ‘London Girls’ seems to be a a clear indication of what they want in a woman….a simple,…
Dating and Relationships in Postmodernity
Tinder and other dating apps certainly seem to be changing the way we meet people in the postmodern age, but does the normalisation of these technologies represent a significant change in the nature of intimate relationships more generally? Some basic stats on Tinder certainly suggest its use is very widespread, and growing…. Tinder boasts 9.6 million…
Post and Late Modern Perspectives on The Family – A Comparison
The Postmodern View of Family/ Personal Relationships The fact that we see a dazzling array of personal, intimate relationships and family forms is an expression of post-modern society. Postmodern relationships are much more complex because of hyperreality (think Tinder) and because of leisure – this is generally to be celebrated because relationships (and sexuality) are…
Sociological Perspectives on Romance, Love and Modern Relationships
If a couple were to discuss honestly how a modern ‘pure relationship’ is likely to pan out then the conversation might go something like this…. Covers concepts such as reflexivity, the pure relationship and confluent love.