I definitely think that relationships and interpersonal communications with young people in the dating world are changing for the worse, and there are a multiple factors that go into that. Priorities are changing from being family focused to being more focused on careers. In my opinion, young people right out of college are on average more concerned with getting a good job and making as much money as they can, as opposed to trying to start a family.
I think that’s why the “hookup” culture is so prevalent now. People still want to get physical with others, but they don’t want a relationship or to have any “strings attached.” That’s why technology based dating sites or apps are so popular. Young people want to hookup with other people, without putting in much work and without as much emotion as past generations would.
I think that another factor involved in the social media dating sites/apps is a change in gender roles in the United States. Back in the 1950’s women’s traditional role was to be a stay at home mother that looks after the family, raises the kids, cooks the meals, and cleans the house. However, that is not the current gender norm. Now women are encouraged to pursue their own careers and aspire to be more than just a housewife. The increase of women in the workplace leads to means that their schedule is busy with work, so sites like Tinder come into play because women don’t have as much time to meet single guys out, because they have work.
In terms of the Japan video, I don’t think that the Japanese cuddling, host clubs, or fetish workers will catch on in the United States. Even though recent college graduates no longer really aspire for the classic white picket fence, but those images of the classic American family are still engraved enough in American minds, that it would make Americans shy away from the Japanese “dating” ways. Even though some Americans buy prostitutes and go to strip clubs, I think that the majority of Americans shy away from those sorts of activities, whereas in Japan it seemed like the majority of its citizens would be into those activities.