Serial monogamy is actually very common among people, especially in our modern society. It goes a little somethng like this:
Boy and girl meet. They flirt. The date and decide they like each other. They decide to be a couple. They break-up. Repeat.
Let’s say you want to marry someone who’s right for you and by a certain period of time in your life. Playing by the serial monogamy rules you would date one person at time, give each a relationship serious go – say a year, then break up for what ever reason, take the time to learn and heal, and do it again. Even if you meet someone who may seem to be a better fit, you either have to let them them pass or end your existing relationship to find out more information. If you were to play the field you could date as many individuals as you like, for as long as you like. Honesty is encouraged, of course. For either strategy, you still have to be mindful of other people’s feelings (and STDs). Dating is not a consequence-free endeavor.
The point I’m making is that in life there are no guarantees that you will meet the right person in a certain amount of time. Heck, there’s no guarantee you’ll meet the right person, ever, but there is hope. And in an effort to hedge the odds in your favor, why wouldn’t you date as many great people as possible? Yet, more often than not young women tend to date serially, and young men do not. I’m a rather vocal objector to these dating and relationship customs. And frankly, I find the social support of serial monogamy sexist. Here are my reasons why.
Source : Scientific American : Read the whole story here.