History[ edit ] The practices of courtship in Western societies have changed dramatically in recent history. As late as the s, it was considered unorthodox for a young couple to meet without familial supervision in a tightly controlled structure.
Compared with the possibilities offered by modern communications technology and the relative freedom of young adults, today's dating scene is vastly different. Before the s, the primary reason for courting someone was to begin the path to marriage. It functioned as a way for each party's family to gauge the social status of the other. This was done in order to ensure a financially and socially compatible marriage.
This form of courtship consisted of highly rigid rituals, including parlor visits and limited excursions. These meetings were all strictly surveyed, typically by the woman's family, in order to protect the reputations of all involved and limit such possibilities as pregnancy.
This manner of courtship system was mostly used by the upper and middle classes from the eighteenth century through the Victorian period.
The lower classes typically did not follow this system, focusing more on public meetings. However, the goal of the process was still focused on ending in a marriage. The date, which had previously been the public courting method for the lower class, was adopted by young adults across the upper and middle classes.
Meetings between lovers began to be more distant from rigid parental supervision. A young man might take a girl to a drive-in movie rather than spend an evening in the parlor with her family. While no two accounts of dating history completely agree on the timeline for this change, most do agree that new technologies were linked to its cause.
Specifically, the advent of the telephone and the automobile and their subsequent integration into the mainstream culture are often identified as key factors in the rise of modern dating.
Not only did these technologies allow for rapid communication between a couple, but they also removed familial supervision from the dating process. The automobile especially afforded a young couple the opportunity to have time together away from parental constraints. In this format, dating became about competing for the potential mate with the highest social payoff.
On a campus in the late s, a man's possession of a car or membership in a key fraternity might win him the attention of his female classmates. Women's status was more closely tied to how others perceived them. If they were seen with the right men and viewed as someone who was desired and dateable, they would achieve the desired social status. For instance, at Howard University , the majority of students see hooking up as meeting friends or simply exchanging phone numbers without any sexual connotation to it.
It occurred least frequently in Poland, Ethiopia, and Congo; and it occurred most frequently in Lithuania, Croatia, and Italy. The brother gives his girlfriend his letters or fraternity's insignia in order to label her as becoming a sexual possession to him. My blindfold was eventually removed, and I could see the room was filled with brothers all wearing their robes used for fraternity rituals. The only light was from lit candles around the room.
At first I was a bit nervous, but then I saw my boyfriend and knew that everything was going to be alright. According to one account, the brother is tied to a bed post in the house, and "someone pours beer down his throat until he vomits. After he vomits, the girlfriend is supposed to kiss him. The most prominent among these technological advances is the rise in popularity of social networking and matchmaking sites such as DateMySchool , a website dedicated to college dating established in These new technologies modify certain aspects of the current system of relationship formation, rather than fundamentally changing it.
Participants in these services who are looking for a face-to-face relationship still tend to impose geographical and group-based limitations on the pool of potential mates. This indicates that, despite the increased number of possibilities, users still value the possibility of an offline relationship. Participants use the services in order to meet others who are outside their social circles, but still attempt to impose some limitations to maintain the possibility of a physical relationship.
When students use the internet to find and create relationships, the most common bonds formed are on the level of friends and acquaintances. About ten percent of those interviewed reported one or more romantic relationships that had originated online.
They found that there is no significant difference in between those ranking high and low in risk for social or dating anxiety in the types of relationships that are formed through the internet. The difference lies in the fact that those with high anxiety indexes used webcams to communicate with people they had met and maintain their relationships. Stevens and Morris speculated that webcams allow for some of the benefits of face-to-face communication while retaining some of the buffering effects of cyber-communication, alleviating the social anxiety of the user.
Date rape and Sexual violence Dating violence occurs in both heterosexual and homosexual relationships, and is defined as verbal, physical, psychological or sexual abuse to either gender.
Physical abuse includes all forms of intending harm onto others: Regardless as to where the abuse comes from, the end-effect usually leaves the victim feeling used. Colleges have also started education programs aimed at reducing the incidence of date and acquaintance rape. One priority is getting victims to report sexual assaults, since they are less likely to report one if it is an acquaintance. While the consequences and social problems of these relationships are relatively clear in elementary and secondary settings, the issue becomes more complicated in a university.
The fact that the vast majority of college students are at or above the age of consent means that romantic relationships between faculty and students are not necessarily illegal. This differentiates the issue from concerns over such relationships in elementary and secondary schools. If a student and a professor are in a relationship while the student is enrolled in that professor's class, there is the possibility that their relationship could create conflicts of interest.
Besides the potential breach of classroom etiquette, there is also concern over grading impartiality. Another possible issue that since professors have so much power over their students in matters of grading, recommendations, etc. College Women on Dating and Mating Today" pg Retrieved 2 November Syrett 28 February The company he keeps: Retrieved 17 November Differences that make a difference: Retrieved 14 November College men and masculinities: John Wiley and Sons.
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