Then he would hit the "down" side and sink into the depths of depression.
These wild swings put stress on his marriage and threatened to run his family's finances into the ground.
This generation is radically rethinking straight sex and marriage, but at what cost?
Many American teenagers expect to date several people before they settle down with one person, and they may view dating during their teenage years as primarily for fun.
In cities like Beijing and Shanghai, some young people follow Westernized dating customs.
“I like everyone to meet each other and be friends and stuff,” he explains.
"There was a side of me that was ecstatic – the teenage boy in me that wants to fuck everything I see," reveals Ryan, a millennial in an open relationship.
"But the other side of me was concerned about what this means in terms of intimacy and how the dynamics would work." When Leah and Ryan met at a wedding four years ago, they didn’t expect to develop this type of arrangement.
Neither of them had had an open relationship before, though it was something that Leah had contemplated.
Haltzman is clinical assistant professor in the Brown University department of psychiatry and human behavior.
He's also medical director of NRI Community Services in Woonsocket, R. and author of The Secrets of Happily Married Men and The Secrets of Happily Married Women.
Scott Thompson has been writing professionally since 1990, beginning with the "Pequawket Valley News." He is the author of nine published books on topics such as history, martial arts, poetry and fantasy fiction.
His work has also appeared in "Talebones" magazine and the "Strange Pleasures" anthology.
Almost everywhere else in China, however, traditional attitudes to dating prevail. In traditional Chinese culture, boys and girls are introduced to each other in a group social setting.