Urban Relationships: Understanding Changes In Defining Connections

Humans are social animals. We seek relationships, strive to be a component of huge groups, and remain relevant across all areas of life. Most people assume a gentle trajectory of relationships throughout our lives—from being single to dating, then marriage, possibly parenthood.

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We assume our lives are surrounded by others, both in personal and professional capacities. The media we consume lead us to develop notions about the character and dynamics of friendships and familial interactions. But, after we go searching, there’s often an awfully different reality surrounding us.

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Even within the better of times, the muse of urban relationships rests on fragile ground. Over the years, human relationships have seen a shift. From fostering dependence on one another, there has been a rising must seek independence.

A movement has ensued where, in pursuit of larger goals, better lives, and loftier achievements, our social spaces have narrowed. A kind of superficiality has trickled through its cracks and displaced stronger, deeper bonds with one another.

While many take the time to fulfill and speak to every other or sign in with near and dear ones, rarely are they deeply invested in each other’s lives. Despite being surrounded by millions, there is disconnectedness even from those that reside in one’s vicinity.

We’re caught in an exceedingly never-ending race, knowing, and caring little about our fellow participants.

It is only through consistent and conscious measures that the increasingly fragile and fractured nature of urban relationships will be resolved.

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