As for freedom... I do come from a different generation. And had what could be considered the ideal family upbringing. My parents were married till the day my mother died(so 50+ years), and my dad still wears his ring seven years later. What carries more value that Unrestricted whim? Stability, commitment, shared existence. I don't know how sentimental this is going to get, but I have loved women before I met my wife. But until I met her I never Loved a woman! I have moved mountains and parted seas, just to make her smile. I'll work 60 hour work weeks, just so she does not have to work. She can if she wants to but she does not need to. I will drive an older car (yes 2007 is older to us!) so she can have the new hotness to drive around in. It's been 24 years and I still get moved to tears when I see her and am dazzled by her beauty, just like the night I met her at a birthday party! You have never experienced freedom until you have let go of all the restraints on your heart and love someone with every fiber of your being and be loved back with the same intensity. I wake up to that freedom everyday. I literally know there is no woman who is better than my wife is for me!
Sure we fight, bicker and get on each others nerves. But that's part of the whole package. The big secret, EVERY COUPLE FIGHTS! Two people cannot live under the same roof (be together) and never fight! If you can accept that truth, you have won a great victory.
As for being able to give dating advice to your generation... I have a daughter you age. I have watched her grow up. That includes seeing how her generation dates. I listened to her and her friends (both male and female) grouse about dating while they played video games or played D&D!
The stuff your generation is agonizing over is the same stuff we agonized over and our parents agonized over. Nothing is new except you don't have drive-in movies to fog up the windows at, so you try to do that somewhere else.