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Old 10-22-2009, 07:41 AM
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Default The difference between dating and polyamory.

Why is it that younger people are calling themselves Polyamorous?

When I was in my late teens to mid 20's I dated a lot. I had several long term girlfriends and boyfriends. If you can call a year a long time (I certainly did then!), but in between times I saw several people at once and felt I loved them... I never called that non-monogamy, poly or anything. It was what one did at that age and to me and everyone else around it was simply dating.

As a general question to the world... Why has that changed??!!! Please tell me you younger ones who read this. Why bog oneself down with those terms such as poly, when you are supposed to be fucking everyone! Falling in love at the drop of a hat and getting your heart broken just as much.

Today at my parenting course we were going through the ages and stages that children and young adults go through. The last of which happens at 21 apparently and is the one where people finally realize that others are a "me" in the world as everyone else is... there is kind of happy empathy time where the person feels one with the world and those in it. Many activists are around this age for this reason... it's all new to them to actually realize they are one of many and we are all "me's" and that others are not being taken care of properly or the planet isn't being taken care of properly... whatever cause they decide is most relevant to them.

I would think that because of this young people should just date and experience that for awhile before settling into marriages, poly relationships and the like. There seems to be too much out there to make young people (and children) become adults before their time. Does this include young people defining themselves as Poly too?
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