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Chicago provides the backdrop for SEX + LOVE, an upcoming romantic comedy series in development by filmmaker Kyle Thomas. What better setting, than in the Heart of America, for exploring themes of romance and its many perils? In particular: the complex world of dating for Millennials—the new “lost generation.”
SEX + LOVE, a narrative dramedy, will touch on many themes relevant to Millennials as the show follows the love lives of two twenty-something roommates—a gay man and a straight woman—and their struggles to connect in a time when relationships can be won, nurtured, and lost over text messages. Unlike decades past, modern dating doesn’t have any formalities. It’s the Wild West. Whether you’re “seeing someone,” hooking up, in an open relationship, or just sexting, ambiguity rules the day.
Grown-up dates don’t really happen anymore. People rarely take each other out to get to know one another during that nebulous period before coupledom. Instead, they’re more likely to meet someone at a party, text them all week, and then try to follow them home from the bar on Friday. When Millennials date, it’s often more for fun than finding love. Many are too picky about who they want to settle down with. Because of that, they don’t take each other seriously, treating dating like a game where nobody plays by the same set of rules.
There’s also the issue of technology, which has caused the demise of many relationships and of romance in general. Millennials are the first generation of digital natives, raised with technology for most of our lives. In many ways, this has made communication easier with instant messaging putting us in constant contact. In other ways, though, technology has made it harder for us to connect. We avoid face-to-face contact and don’t venture out of our social spheres, using technology as a crutch to avoid meeting people in the real world.
The internet has changed the dating landscape. You can stalk potential dates online and weed them out before you even meet them. Romance has largely been taken out of the equation, replaced by dating apps that act like virtual candy stores of men and women to choose from. People have become disposable and replaceable. Easy to find and easier to lose.
Romance and real connections have never been harder to find, but that doesn’t stop people from trying.
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