“Even after my parents knew about Nick, it was hard to answer their questions about our status and to keep them updated on how our relationship evolved,” said Sara, noting that their relationship covered a three year span.“They didn’t understand the grey areas in the complex dating world.” In the present-day dating landscape for Generation Y, being involved with someone can’t simply be labeled “dating” as it was for older generations, when romantic rituals followed distinctly defined patterns.When people asked Sara A., how long she and her then-boyfriend Nick had been dating, her answer varied.
“Slang by definition is an informal and nonstandard language subject to arbitrary change, so it is not surprising that there is some confusion and disagreement over the meaning of the term[s],” she stated in her book.
Generation Y—those born from the early 1980s to early 2000s—are late to contribute to the marriage statistics.
Although the very eldest members of the generation are in their early 30s, most are still in their 20s.
Today, with few universally agreed upon labels and rules, it is hard to know what to call these dating stages, or if stages even exist at all.
In her book “Hooking Up: Sex, Dating, and Relationships on Campus,” sociologist Kathleen A.