"So I noticed that someone de-friended me on Facebook," he said with an uncomfortable chuckle.
"I didn't de-friend you," I responded, taking a sip of my beer and trying to think of a way to casually change the subject. "I just blocked you."
A generation ago, women who did not marry and/or have children by age 40 grieved and moved on. But today, with the advancement of assisted reproductive technology, women are no longer given permission to move on.
In today's world of smartphones and texting and tweeting, we might very well fool ourselves into believing that instant gratification can also apply to matters of the heart. If I can send and receive communication immediately, why can't I be in love with or love someone immediately?
The requirement of pleasure, delivered by a gorgeous, skilled, and smitten someone who knows our bodies and desires better than we do.... Is there really any question as to why these books are so popular?
Standards aren't the problem. Standards are great. When you have standards, it allows you to set goals in your life and hold yourself accountable. The problem is that people have the wrong standards -- ones they don't require of themselves.