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He just got out of his first serious relationship, which he says required more maturity than he was capable of.
‘I know now I need to be more realistic about what I can offer at this point in my life. I can’t get too connected to anybody.’ He says he can’t go back to superficial relationships now that he’s had the real thing, but he can’t have the real thing either.
She says social media makes it easy to believe everyone else is ‘more interesting, more attractive, more talented, wealthier.’ The fear then, is that any potential partner will have unlimited access to better ‘products.’ Committing to an honest relationship would mean letting someone discover that you’re not as loveable as your Instagram feed implies. Marta thinks most of her peers would rather maintain the status quo than risk having happiness and losing it.
‘This is not a product you’re going to keep forever.’ Marta, an international business pre-master student from Poland, thinks that the consumer effect makes students too insecure to pursue the honest relationships they would like to be in.But paradoxically, most of them studiously avoid commitment anyway. People hop from relationship to relationship because they are afraid to be alone.’ Media studies student Alejandro agrees.‘I’ve had a lot of those superficial romances where you just pick a person who fits your need at the moment.Once, a date told her she was the girl of his dreams.‘He actually said I would make the perfect girlfriend, and that’s why he couldn’t see me anymore’, she laughs. If they find someone they really like, they run the other direction as fast as they can.’ Alejandro would do the same thing.
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The Netherlands has one of the highest divorce-to-marriage ratios in the world; according to the statistics, probably over half of Dutch RUG students have parents who are divorced.