• Even if things start out conflict may arouse later on.• Some might stay in the relationship due to feelings of obligation because of the closeness shared.Pros •Allows opportunities to “shop around” and date several people at a time.
• You value spending time with your significant other instead of making it an everyday routine.
• Due to the little time spent, you are able to continually learn new things about your partner.
• There can be a lack of exploration and communication beyond the surface emotions.
It is important to understand deeper emotions and develop emotional intimacy. Hanging out gives the opportunity to get acquainted with someone before asking them on a date.
However, researchers have found this method to be much less common among young adults today.
“In [a] national survey, only 37 percent of the respondents said they had been on more than six dates of this kind, and a third said they had been asked on two dates or fewer” (Glenn & Marquart, 2001, p. Twenty years ago, if a young lady asked a young man on a date is was thought to be inappropriate.Now, women are being encouraged to ask young men to activities.Many parties or other social engagements require you to bring a date.Sarah Elizabeth Pope Utah State University January 2010 Introduction Has dating become a thing of the past? There are a variety of dating patterns today and each has its strengths.Some may argue that the media has influenced teen’s perceptions of courtship and dating. If so, is it brainwashing, improper, or merely forward thinking?Cons • Individuals are less likely to have a social life outside of the relationship.