Following up from our last discussion on intimacy disorders with renowned expert Robert Weiss, we ask about the forces potentially impacting intimacy disorders today, including technology and a prevalent “hook-up culture” among Gen Y women and men. It has been argued that today’s hook-up culture may actually be good for women as an extension of our greater rights and freedoms, but that with it comes the complications of living in a “post-dating world,” as well as the frustration from encountering lingering social stigmas against women enjoying nontraditional romantic relationships. As Robert explains, technology has lifted many of the barriers to intimacy disorders, particularly for men, and that women are increasingly able to compartmentalize or forestall their intimate needs while they focus on other aspects of their life.
Dating & Hookup: What has contributed to the greater prevalence of intimacy disorders in our society today?
Robert Weiss (RW): Pathology is not arrived at because something is available. Just because alcohol is available doesn’t mean everyone will become an alcoholic. I have people who worry that the availability of porn from a young age will make men dysfunctional, and that the ready accessibility of casual relationships is going to turn us into a society of sex addicts. That’s not the case.
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