Marriage and dating communication
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If someone isn’t making their intentions clear, odds are they may have different intentions or could be fearful in voicing it. Both involved can get blindsided simply because a lack of upfront communication. If more people said “I don’t date just to date,” I think we’d have fewer confused and tormented hearts.
At the same time, some couples find that digital tools facilitate communication and support.
A majority of those in couples maintain their own separate email and social media accounts, though a smaller number report sharing accounts and calendars. The broad statistical picture looks like this: As a broad pattern, those who have been married or partnered ten years or less have digital communication and sharing habits that differ substantially from those who have been partnered longer.
Some of this is about timing— technology a decade ago was squarely in the pre-Facebook, pre-smartphone era, and just ten years into the development of the commercially popular Web.
Those who were already together as a couple at the advent of a new platform or technology were a bit more likely to jump on together, as a unit, while those who begin relationships with their own existing accounts and profiles tend to continue to use them separately as individuals.
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The same goes for men who desire a godly woman for the intention of marriage.