In 2001, Norval Glenn and Elizabeth Marquardt conducted a study in which they concluded that “dating” has all but dissapeared from American college campuses.” Their collected data, from 1,000 young women who were attending 4-year colleges or universities, showed that one third of the women had only gone on one or two dates during their time at school. Dating had been replaced by “hooking up,” where couples would pair off for a sexual encounter; a practice that does not encourage commitment or marriage. This has become the common trend on campuses across the United States, except at BYU. Students attending BYU reported that they place a high priority on spirituallity when searching for a spouse, and “appreciate the opportunity to meet and and date in a religious atmosphere.” This attitude, unique among college campus today, encourages committed relationships. The article ends on a hopeful note: “It is encouraging to see that most BYU students eventually marry.”
An earlier version of this article appeared in Mary Jane Woodger, Thomas B. Holeman, and Kristi A. Young, eds., Latter-day Saint Courtship Patterns, 13-39.