Love, interrupted — issue #52

Love, interrupted — issue #52

February means many things to us. For some, it’s a month of love which centres on that special day on the 14th. For others, it’s just another 29 days, each one not any more special than the other. For those of us who celebrate Chinese New Year, it’s also the month of nosy questions from our relatives about our love lives met with awkward, polite smiles.

Is love tougher to find these days? Some Millennial and Gen Z singletons may reply with a resounding “yes”. Dating apps favour the good-looking, and have definitely made looking for a meaningful connection much harder. But I think otherwise; there’s so much—too much, in fact—to love in modern times.

Nowadays, so many things occupy our time and attention. It’s the digital age after all, when all types of media are much more accessible. My time outside of work has been taken up by a popular mobile game and I’ve very recently gained an interest in the world of Chinese dramas. From idols and entertainment shows to animation and amazing world-building games, the things we can obsess and go crazy over are innumerable.

In fact, this increased accessibility to media has created concerns that we are able to see too much. Local education has had to adapt to concerns that younger individuals may be exposed to unsuitable content, creating an urgent need to educate them on how to react to and deal with things they see online.

The way we define and look at love has also changed. On social media platforms, discussions on how to deal with society’s expectations of heteronormative relationships trend every now and then. People seem to be defining love in their own terms and finding meaning in the word that’s different from what society has come to expect.

So love might not be tough to find, as long as you’re clear about what matters most in life to you. One can feel content with the people in our lives and the things that make us happy. Romantic love might be a bit harder to discover in modern times, but an open mind might lead us to find love in ways we don’t expect at all.

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Written by Nabilah
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