Chadwick, “Hanging Out, Hooking Up, and Celestial Marriage,” in , 1–8).
You apparently know what this is, but I will describe it for the benefit of those of us who are middle-aged or older and otherwise uninformed.
Dating involves commitments, if only for a few hours.
Hanging out requires no commitments, at least not for the men if the women provide the food and shelter. The leveling effect of the women’s movement has contributed to discourage dating.
As women’s options have increased and some have become more aggressive, some men have become reluctant to take traditional male initiatives, such as asking for dates, lest they be thought to qualify for the dreaded label “male chauvinist.” 3.
Hanging out is glamorized on TV programs about singles. The meaning and significance of a “date” has also changed in such a way as to price dating out of the market.
It was invented in the 1950s and was enabled by the rise of the automobile.
God’s plan for us, spelled out in the commandments and teachings of the church, are actually for our own good!
If you judge that your child is not at a “suitable age” for courtship, stick to your guns!
I remember seeing one couple having a dinner catered by friends on the median strip between lanes of traffic just south of the BYU football stadium. And the more elaborate and expensive the date, the fewer the dates.
As dates become fewer and more elaborate, this seems to create an expectation that a date implies seriousness or continuing commitment. Gone is the clumsy and inexpensive phone call your parents and grandparents and I used to make. ” Cheap dates like that can be frequent and nonthreatening, since they don’t seem to imply a continuing commitment.