An interesting article one of my staff colleagues sent me suggests that today’s college students are quite clueless about dating. BC philosophy professor Kerry Cronin offers extra credit in one of her classes that deals with ethics and moral choices.
The reason? Because most of them don’t know how, Cronin says.
It’s not surprising, says Cronin. This is a generation that has grown up with relatively low expectations in the realm of happily every after. Theirs is a world where most embrace group activities, punctuated with the periodic hookup, and communicate largely in digital bursts of 140-250 characters instead of in person.
Read over the article. For those of you who are young adults, what do you think? For you who know them is this what you see? I do see a lot of couples in non-alcoholic situations around town. I’m not sure dating is totally gone.
Cronin is optimistic about people’s ability to “figure things out,” and doesn’t believe the hookup culture will cause fewer people to get married or lead successful family lives. But for now, the hookup culture, as Cronin puts it, “creates a part of life that is unnecessarily chaotic and lonely.”