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It seems to me that even just making friends is a challenge for people these days . It seems my son’s friends aren’t that into dating for the most part. Agreed that lots of people think it’s not worth the effort.

All un-coupled people are constantly being assessed and assessing—it creates a strange highly-charged atmosphere where men and women can’t just organically get to know each other, which is the norm in non-LDS dating.

It also increases the isolation of single people, and can exacerbate and further cripple the ability to relate to the opposite sex as anything other than a potential partner.

I think his subtext was simply putting flint and steel in the same drawer.

But some of those in the dating scene, especially those progressing into the fifth decade (and that fraction seems to be growing) may feel neglected to the point that dropping out feels inevitable.

Another man, back in the dating game after many years, kindly responded to questions about the current climate: “LDS people are more likely to avoid opposite sex friendships which won’t lead to marriage, and I think that hurts us.

Doug Brinley (a BYU religion teacher) taught that you should evaluate any potential date with the question ‘Would she make a good mother of my children? People who do that miss out on many meaningful friendships.

Two siblings, practically in elderly status (~30) are single and neither has had a serious boyfriend/girlfriend.

A close friend from his youth married a short time ago, his new wife was his first serious relationship in over a decade.

Ever since various general authorities started drawing attention to the dating scene among Young Adults, I’ve taken an interest in the current status of dating, especially among LDS people, but also in general.

I’ve polled my students about it occasionally and also my friends, single and not.

Let’s face it, there aren’t that many women I want to make babies with, but lots of women are interesting, outstanding people, and I’m glad they’re my friends.

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