Online dating has jumped among adults under age 25 as well as those in their late 50s and early 60s.The share of 18- to 24-year-olds who use online dating has roughly tripled from 10% in 2013 to 27% today.So began a fascinating recent opinion column in the New York Times titled, “The Demise of Dating.” In the past, a boy would ask a girl out to dinner, or to a movie, and they’d get to know each other and decide if they wanted to pursue a deeper relationship.Sex sometimes occurred on the first date, but usually was postponed because it signified a deeper commitment (even if that commitment didn’t last long.) Today, many young people socialize in groups of friends, and part of the activities may include “hooking up” with one of these friends for sex, with no expectation of an ongoing relationship afterward.
For 23-year-old Jess*, it’s her most important criterion when considering a romantic partner: “The most important person in my life is Jesus and if theirs isn't too then we're always going to have different priorities and different beliefs about how we should live our lives,” she explains.
What struck me about this article was the section where Blow interviews a college professor who recently wrote, Hooking Up: Sex, Dating and Relationships on Campus.
He asked her to explain the “pros and cons of this strange culture”: According to her, the pros are that hooking up emphasizes group friendships over the one-pair model of dating, and, therefore, removes the negative stigma from those who can’t get a date.
But the duo's respective relationship histories suggest they both may be on the rebound.
Drake spent a summer teasing an are-they-or-aren't-they hookup with Rihanna, but the pair haven't been pictures together lately, with her posting a cryptic Instagram post suggesting bad blood between the two.