Relationships in the Future:

What if We Went Too Far?

 Jade Pomerleau 

Nowadays, it is becoming more and more common to see people on their phone, scrolling through their Badoo or Tinder profiles. On television, we see reports about the new technologies scientists are creating to make long-distance relationships easier. The future of relationships is looking great. Everybody wants to know how our relationships are going to be twenty years from now.

In the first place, being in a committed relationship will not be as important as it is now. For example, Susan Pease Gadoua, a relationship counsellor, believes we will soon be able to have short-term marriage contracts. She says it would benefit us with a lot of advantages such as lesser costs for a divorce, the absence of a failure feeling if the marriage doesn’t end up being successful and a lot more. Additionally, if people are not happy in their relationships, it will be a lot easier to cheat on their partner. Just now, we can clearly see how fast technology is evolving; who thought that someday, a couple would break up because they found their partner chatting with someone else on Tinder? In the future, our mobile devices will be so secret that no one will find out who you are talking to. The lack of commitment is the fear of many but it certainly is the dream of some.

Secondly, in the future, the way we have sex will change. The co-author of Sex at Dawn, Christopher Ryan, wrote that the technology will be so advanced that pornography will almost become real. He believes we will be able to create holograms of porn stars, giving us the impression that they are in the room with us. He also said that for those in a long-distance relationship, via Skype, they will be able to please their partners with only the click of a mouse. Even more surprisingly, Christopher Ryan thinks we will soon be able to create robots with whom we can have sexual intercourse. This would be the perfect alternative for those who don’t want a real relationship! In conclusion, in twenty years from now, having sex will become a lot more accessible.

Lastly, the way couples will have children will definitely change. Modifying the genes of our own child will be completely normal. We will be able to supress the genes of a specific disease or even change the way our children will look. Some may think this is science-fiction, but it certainly is not! The first ‘‘genetically modified’’ babies graduated high school last year. They are the results of the first successful transfer of genetic material made in 1997. This type of procedure has already been practiced by some doctors, so considering all the advantages it could bring to our society, it certainly will become more popular in the future.

As shown above, relationships in the future are going to change drastically. We will soon be able to have a partner without making commitment, sex without any strings attached and children without abnormalities. But what if we went too far? What if our grand-children were living in a sex-oriented society in which we could trust no one? What if we tried to create a superior race with all the technology we have developed? I’m afraid we will never know where to draw the line.



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