Unhooked Generation: The Truth About Why We're Still Single

Unhooked Generation: The Truth About Why We're Still Single

by Jillian Straus


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A startling book full of jaw-dropping insights into the real reasons that young men and women are having a harder time than ever before committing to a relationship

How many times have you or someone you care about wondered: Why am I still single? Is it me, or is it them? Unhooked Generation answers those questions with important discoveries about the unique challenges faced by today's young men and women. It shouldn't be surprising that were still single—it's a miracle when we can make it work. Here are just a few of this generation's stumbling blocks:

  • The checklist — the secret set of requirements that men and women use to measure each prospective date. Is he tall enough/rich enough? Is she pretty enough/flexible enough? Does he/she like sports too much or not enough? Like your dog?
  • The DTR — Have you "Defined The Relationship"? Had "The Talk"? It's when you ask where the relationship is going—and it strikes fear into most hearts.
  • Settling — When is it compromise and when is it giving in—To this generation, those concepts are often synonymous.
  • Consumer sex — Sex is a powerful commodity, and this generation has separated it from commitment while ignoring the long-term consequences.
Based on interviews with one hundred men and women across the country, Unhooked Generation offers a page-turning analysis of what is keeping this generation unhooked—and a sharp, concrete final chapter that explains how we can happily change course.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401308674
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 02/13/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Jillian Straus was born in 1973 and grew up in Los Angeles. She received a B.A. and an M.A. at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She began a career in television production at ABC NEWS. She then spent eight years producing programs for The Oprah Winfrey Show, where she interviewed thousands of men and women about their lives and their relationships. She is a Fellow of the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, training young women in communications. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Unhooked Generation     1
How Did We Get Here?     15
Outrageous Expectations: The Search for "The Checklist," "The Upgrade," "The Soul Mate"     29
Contradictory Needs, Conflicting Agendas     65
Wedded Dis: The Media     79
The Collapse of Courtship and the Death of Romance     101
Gen-X Sex     135
Marriage Lite     161
Finding True Love     207
Unhooked Dictionary     245
Notes     253
Acknowledgments     261

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