Dating Patterns Among College Students Essay

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Dating Patterns Among College Students Dating today differs greatly compared to dating say sixty or even eighty years ago. Dating trends today, such as cohabitation, would be considered insanity or chaos if these patterns were displayed in the 1920’s. Today the majority of persons who date are seeking the outcome of a marriage (although research does not agree with this). Eighty years ago, people dated for fun, pleasure, and recreation (Schwartz 116), and only “popular” people dated (Waller 1937), dating was a rarity, and limited to people in their late teen years or early adulthood. However, today it is quite different from eighty years ago with respect to the purpose of dating, and trends. Dating starts at earlier ages such as …show more content…
Why we date and the outcome of dating. Time relations with respect to engagement or until marriage occur. Interracial relations; whether or not interracial dating is alright, whether or not interracial sex is alright, and whether or not interracial marriage is alright. The last research question posed is whether or not the survey participant has tried the new Carl Junior’s Southwestern Spicy Chicken Sandwich (survey question number eighteen). Current literature and scientific research is fairly consistent when relations are analyzed, “people don’t date anymore: they just get together; they just have sex, live together and then go their separate ways, also there are much fewer committed relationships than in the past (Schwartz 118). According to the research, young adults today believe that these patterns are healthier than they were in the past (Schwartz 118). One research study conducted in 1966 by James Skipper and Gilbert Nass proved that young adults dates for reasons varying from dating just to date to dating as means for a larger goal (Skipper 1966). However, my research has been very inconsistent with current literature, this will be further discussed in the field research portion of the paper. Of course this is not true is all situations; traditional patterns still exist, as they always have, and probably always will.

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