In my circles, the topic of Catholic dating comes up regularly or, more specifically, the topic of why there is often a lack of dating among young Catholics.Everyone's an expert on where the blame should be placed: the hook-up culture, the hang-out culture, the so-called 'friend-zone', feminism, men being wimps, women taking the initiative instead, discernment dragging on, and the list continues.Technology allows college students to take part in unique ways of finding more partners through social networking.Sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and My Space allow students to make new friends, and potentially find their spouse.Personally, I’ve never really liked first dates, especially if it was a blind date.
I'm certainly no Andre the Giant, but nor do I consider myself particularly hobbitesque.
Such phenomena as hooking up and lavaliering are widely prominent among university and college students.
Hooking up is a world wide phenomenon that involves two individuals having a sexual encounter without interest in commitment.
Lavaliering is a "pre-engagement" engagement that is a tradition in the Greek life of college campuses.
Since fraternities and sororities do not occur much outside of the United States, this occurs, for the most part, only in the US.