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Dynamics of Modern Unconventional Relationships

Relationships have existed since time immemorial with Adam and Eve being the first couple we knew about. With time comes the change in relationship dynamics as we know them.

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With an age of openness and unconventionally sweeping our generation, polygamy, which has been in practice since our ancestral times, is not the only type of relationship in the market — polyamory, polyandry, sologamy are the new definitions in town.

Social media is said to be one of the major reasons why relationships are no longer passing the six-month mark.

Polyandry relationships are when a woman dates or marries two or more men. Fraternal polyandry was a popular practice in South India. This practice was done by brothers marrying the same woman to preserve their family land.

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 This occurs when the land is not big enough to be shared between two brothers if each marries a different woman. The practice was made illegal and seemingly no longer in practice in South India.

Homosexuality has become common over the years with same-sex marriages being legalized in the United States, Brazil, Canada, and Greece among others. In Kenya, it’s not uncommon to find such relationships, with its illegality not deterring partakers.

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With different relationships in place begs the question of do relationships in this generation last, or do they succumb to pressure? A trend of relationships ending before we see them starting has been on the rise.

Social media is said to be one of the major reasons why relationships are no longer passing the six-month mark.

A deep dive into social media’s impact on relationships showed there is pressure for individuals, especially young people for their relationships to emulate those of social media personalities they follow. This aspect leads to them placing extremely high unattainable standards especially financial in their relationships.  

The expectation tends to mostly fall on the financial provide of the relationship which in most cases is usually the man, this type of pressure at times consumes the men making them feel incompetent or beneath other men

The feeling of incompetence comes due to the constant needs of their partners that they are not able to satisfy due to their financial positions. With this, the relationship falls and breaks.

A need for the realization that each relationship has an individual way in which it works is needed by the younger generation. Constant comparison of your relationship to others is a part that most definitely leads to the destruction of beautifully formed relationships.

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