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What is love anymore in today's society?
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Is love truly degraded to terms of sex in this generation. As a teen 15 years of age I have seen many around my age if not a bit older taking the word "love" lightly. The word love in the media is being masked as sex as far as I have seen, rap artists, hip hop, and many genres of the sort see love as having intercourse with the most attractive woman in eyesight. Has the media changed our outlook on the word love, or have the coming generation just have raging hormones to which they cannot control? Here are some questions for some to think upon.

Whats your opinion on love?

What age do you think love can be felt at?

What an appropriate time to which love can be said at?

What moments can the word love be used for?

Is the word love truly being degraded or has it a new meaning to many?

Is it truly the medias fault or is the cause elsewhere?

Is love really being degraded or do you think the meaning for love does involve the term sex and such?

What is your definition of love?

In my opinion the youth of today (yea yea I know im a kid myself but hear me out i guess lol) believe love to be a relationship no matter how long. The term love is being used so much that it seems it went from, "love cannot express about how I feel" to a simple "if we love each other you'd do this for me or you should have sex with me." A case in point males of today cannot simply wait for a girl to go out with them, in effect they just try to find someone else. A reason I also mention the media is for the use of words like, player or gold digger. Why can money buy love to a woman in todays society? Well I'd like to hear your outlook on things also.
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Whats your opinion on love? its a wonderful an yet can be a painfully thing to have but without it in someway you will surely crumble

What age do you think love can be felt at? any age

What an appropriate time to which love can be said at? almost anytime err cept unless it cause issues for the person an make sure how you love them is clearly stated

What moments can the word love be used for? alot usually people use it towards something they hold dear could be a sun set, a game, but usually its a person

Is the word love truly being degraded or has it a new meaning to many? ah I think it is

Is it truly the medias fault or is the cause elsewhere? media is only a part of the issue

Is love really being degraded or do you think the meaning for love does involve the term sex and such?theres a general connection but love an lust are two different things

What is your definition of love?there are different forms of love but as in for a person someone who you want to be happy over yourself that you want to protect an have a good time with err non sexually when it comes to people or anything alive(or in the future A.I.s cause they will most eventually get feelings)

also on the money can buy love thing it cause well those people can surely get the basics an more plus plenty of people are greedy but it can buy true love
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My definition of love is pretty much a bond between 2 people, a bond where one would do almost anything for the other, share the good times and the bad, accept each other for who they are, you know stuff like that. Doesnt have to be relationship love, it applies to everything like parent and child or friends and whatnot.
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love is when u feel that u can trust someone with ur heart and know that they love u back and knowing that they ca always be there for u
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Love is the same now as it ever was. Sex, and how it relates to love, is portrayed in a different way, but love itself is the same. It's still just as undefinable, untouchable, idealistic.

I personally believe that any person can love or be loved, at any age or any time. It's not the "true love" type of love, but it's still love. People love their siblings, their parents, their pets, just about anything or anyone. Perhaps claiming to love someone should wait until you're sure and marrying that person, but love is a word that is so often thrown around that it hardly matters. People tell their best friends "I love you!" all the time if their friend does something for them that they especially like or enjoy. It doesn't mean that they want to spend the rest of their lives together, just that they love and respect each others' affections. And there's nothing wrong with that. Love shouldn't be saved up, restricted, and limited for only a few people. It's ok to love everyone, it's good to love.
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I agree with you that Love has been deploited by the media. All you think about is Sex when you think of Love. Think this then think of the many people you know who has had parents become divorced. (I'm not trying to say divorce is always based on this) Teens shouldn't be considering their "love" as TRUE love. When you say "I love you" to someone, you have to mean it from the heart. Personally, I think you can't really find love at a young age. Nobody is fully developed and no one can actually appreciate the meaning of love. Love is surreal until you feel it in the heart.
Posted 1/29/08
I'll let you know when I find out.

I wonder if I will even ever find love.

The way the portray love in pop culture
gives me no hope.

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conversely, some go to the other side of the spectrum placing love upon an unreachable pedestal pining away for it daily, crying about it all the time, all the while not realizing that no one will ever meet their expectations.

what you're saying is true, some make it way too easy. others make it way too hard. real love is that delicate balance between the two i think
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Whats your opinion on love?

Love is something that can be different for different people. I love my mother, i love my daughter, i love my best friend, would i have sex with any of them? no.. But does that make my love any less strong for them? no..
If you are meaning the term "In love" then that's a whole different story.. Being IN love is a very difficult thing. and i thought i'd felt it many times before. But i was a dumb kid and didn't know what love truly was. Being IN love is a very deep thing, and no matter what happens you still love that person. They can beat you, they can ignore you, they can cheat on you, and you still love them, and harber little to no anger towards them.
Love is a difficult concept for many people, as it's a feeling, an abstract.
When i was younger, i equated love with sex. As i was taught by the media and my peers.
Sex is NOT love... Sex is Sex.. but that's another topic.


What age do you think love can be felt at?

I don't think that anyone can be in love until they know who they are. I hear kids on here say that they "love" some person they've known for like a week and it just makes me laugh. I remember those days when i had a crush on a person and swore up and down it was LOVE... but, i grew out of those little crushes, and the idea of love, is quite idealistic.. at least to me. Which is probably why i'm trying to teach my daughter to know who she is.. and discover the things that SHE really likes, and not just following the crowd and doing things because she "should"


What an appropriate time to which love can be said at?

Love doesn't have a time limit. If you feel it.. .HONESTLY feel it.. then say it.


What moments can the word love be used for?

Various different things, however a qualifier needs to be added to change it's general meaning to a specific one.
IE.
IN love - meaning passionate partner for life love
unconditional love - the love of a parent or child.
Etc etc.

Is the word love truly being degraded or has it a new meaning to many?

Yes it's being used WAY too flippantly.

Is it truly the medias fault or is the cause elsewhere?

The media is the real rulers of the world. They can influence the entire country to vote a certain way, they can influence the economy (Trust me the economy was JUST FINE before the media started talking about the signs of a recession - i know i work in the financial industry)

This quote makes a lot of sense to me, regarding love.

Love is the expression of one's values, the greatest reward you can earn for the moral qualities you have achieved in your character and person, the emotional price paid by one man for the joy he receives from the virtues of another.
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love is unselfish concern for another over one's own well being.
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Love..is something that's hard to grasp..maybe.
If you've been in love, you might understand what I'm trying to say.
Ultimately, its a 'condition' you convince yourself you are in, because people have a need for solidarity.

Sex makes you happy, so the person that has sex with you, or the one you wish to have sex with, will be the target to which you will convince your own 'condition'(love).

If there is something that a person values more than sex, (personality/wisdom etc.) then that will also become the basis of convincing themselves of love.
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love is easy. People always complain about it and those who say that they have never been in love and dont believe in it is bullshit. I dont believe in lust. I think some moron who was afraid of using the word love because he's been hurt so many times made the word lust up. I find it funny when people dismiss it. Or over analyze it. Love is simple,saying it is simple, and feeling it is even more simple.


Nah I think lust is when all you want to do is pull out the magic meat and pound it till it sauces itself, to a certain someone.
Can't really say that's love..

I'd reply to the OP but I'm too tired right now.
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=) I think that madonna is right when she said
"Love isnt true, its just something that we do"
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Whats your opinion on love?
Love is an illusion of the mind. It makes one think irrationally and makes one to do things one usually doesn't. It's an emotion of unspeakable proportions and makes one feel positive of oneself and the world. But when this emotion backfires it usually leaves one scarred emotionally and the pain almost unbearable.

What age do you think love can be felt at?
I think 16 years old? I think people who are of that age our mature enough to know what real love is.

What an appropriate time to which love can be said at?
When you really have met that someone. That someone who will respect you and the things you do and doesn't force you to do things you don't want to do. Someone that not only respects you but also herself.

What moments can the word love be used for?
Can't answer that one since I've never been in relationship. I think you'll know when the right time comes.

Is the word love truly being degraded or has it a new meaning to many?
It's being degraded. It's pretty obvious that love is being degraded today. Just the songs you hear about love isn't really about love but sex! I tell you, people these days have no control over their genitals!

Is it truly the medias fault or is the cause elsewhere?
Partly the media but it's more with the previous generations.

Is love really being degraded or do you think the meaning for love does involve the term sex and such?
Now, it's only about sex.

What is your definition of love?
I'll tell you when I fall in love again... if ever I do...
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