VH1 Reports: The State of the [Romantic] Union

Today's post comes straight from VH1's research desk. Rachel Cooper, Senior Manager of Digital Consumer Insights for VH1 & CMT Networks breaks down what it's really like in the dating landscape today. Is "courting" really a thing of the past or is it just masked under a different set of norms? Does more information about someone actually help or deter from an intimate connection? And given all the dating platforms and more time to find the right one, are too many options leaving people thinking that the grass is greener? Discussing the confusion of gender expectations, living single and new digital dating rules, VH1 takes a close look at what it means to be single in 2013.

The State of the [Romantic] Union

For single Adultster women (women in their late 20s and early 30s), dating is clearly top-of-mind. At this point in their lives, they’ve transitioned into confident, independent adults; as such, they’re moving away from casual dating towards searching for that ideal partner to spend the rest of their lives with. To better understand what it feels like to be a “dater” in 2013, VH1 did a deep dive into the female Adultster dating experience, revealing the increased freedoms—and increased pressures—associated with dating today.

We often hear about Adultsters’ “aversion” to marriage, as evidenced by their delay in getting married and simultaneous embrace of more “unconventional” partnering paths (e.g., cohabitation). But, for the majority of Adultsters, marriage is very much still the end goal. A full 84% of Adultster women we spoke to agree, “Even though it’s ok not to get married, I still want to get married someday.” They’re just putting it off to make sure they’re confident in who they are first, before bringing someone else into the picture.

The good news is, there are LOTS…

 
 

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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the Day: “A wedding trend I have noticed is not having a photographer, and just having friends take all the pictures.”—Female, 18, CO

For Millennials, buying coffee is “an emotional experience.” A recent study by custom coffee roaster S&D Coffee & Tea also found that for 18-34-year-olds sustainability can elevate that experience. Though only 22% of Millennials say they know what “sustainability” means when it comes to coffee, 45% said they think highly of coffee brands that sell sustainably sourced products, and 25% said they would go out of their way to get it. But coffee brands are warned not to just slap on a label: “Use of coffee terms as mere labels will render them powerless to sharp-eyed Millennials who are increasingly skeptical of unsupported language.” (MUNCHIES

The body positive movement has empowered teens to embrace the plus-size industry. Purchasing of plus-sized clothing by 13-17-year-girls has nearly doubled over the past four years as more options have been made available by brands, according to an NPD study. But popular plus-size blogger and designer Gabi Gregg says there is still room for the market to grow: “I’m always hunting for styles that are a bit more fashion-forward and trend-driven, but that encompass classic silhouettes. I cannot find them easily at this point.” Forever 21, ASOS, and Eloquii have all expanded to plus-size lines, and Target’s curvy collection Ava + Viv drove the retailer’s plus-size offerings by 30% in 2015.  (Teen Vogue

Millennials are leaving anti-wrinkle creams in the dust, and sending the beauty industry scrambling. The rise of selfies has motivated Millennials’ desire for immediate results from natural or clinical products, driving an increase in the cosmetics category by 13% for 2015. But prestige skin care, which includes products for fighting lines and wrinkles, only grew 3% in 2015, and is no longer appealing to the generation that is embracing a “a beauty-from-the-inside-out approach.” While their younger age is a factor, experts say there is also a shift in attitude, and the new generation is more likely to embrace “who they are”—including lines and gray hair. (WWD,POPSUGAR

Millennial dads are the future of retail, according to a recent report from Mintel. The stereotype that men dislike shopping has led brands to look past them and towards the coveted Millennial mom demographic. (Something we’ve warned against.) It turns out, however, that young dads enjoy shopping with their children. About eight out of 10 Millennial dads surveyed said they prefer to shop with their kids, and 74% said going shopping is an opportunity to bond. They also see it as a chance to pass along lessons to their children: 74% said their kids know the value of a dollar. (Business Insider

MIT students have created a robot chef. Spyce Kitchen, a fully automated restaurant that cooks and prepares food in under five minutes, has won a food technology contest and is currently in place at MIT’s dining hall. The robotic system can run on its own—other than needing ingredients to be restocked by humans—and is able to measure ingredients, monitor food temperature, cook the ingredients, and then serve the meal in a bowl.  Students can order meals like mac and cheese, stir-fry, and jambalaya, via touchscreen or mobile app. (Eater)

Quote of the Day: “There's been a resurgence in the home cook, and that's been my biggest interest. There's increasing amounts of high-quality, interesting produce and recipes to use.”—Male, 29 ,NC

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