• 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.
• Always having a constant companion, friend and date.
Pros •Allows opportunities to “shop around” and date several people at a time.
•It is a positive way to discover qualities you are looking for in a partner.
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.
Dating gives young adults the opportunity to test drive a relationship for a potential partner or spouse.
In the dictionary, a date is “An appointment to meet at a specified time; especially, a social engagement between two persons that often has a romantic character” (Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 2003, p. Many young adults agree that “actual dates are rare, but the word dating is still used by many of them to describe their own or their friends’ interactions with the opposite sex” (Glenn & Marquart, 2001, p. Norval Glenn and Elizabeth Marquart identified four types of techniques being used in the modern world of dating.
Cons • Individuals are less likely to have a social life outside of the relationship.