Today’s young people don’t date. They hang out. A relationship is lasting if the couple is still together after a week or two. Hook-ups (i.e., casual sex) are normative.
Is this a good thing or a bad thing for long-term relationships? Do people know each other better than they did before or less well? And where does the wedding fit in when it comes to these New Age lead-ins to marriage?
Good questions all and the Anchoress points to some answers. As for me, I’ll say only that I think that it’s impossible to have a happy marriage unless it is premised upon mutual respect. I further believe that, while traditional dating doesn’t guarantee mutual respect, a hook-up, hang-out culture makes that respect even less likely.