There is another possible contributing factor to the demise of dating and the prominence of the culture of hanging out.For many years the Church has counseled young people not to date before age 16.Perhaps some young adults, especially men, have carried that wise counsel to excess and determined not to date before 26 or maybe even 36.
They will happen whether you are single or whether you are married.
Young women, resist too much hanging out, and encourage dates that are simple, inexpensive, and frequent.
Don’t make it easy for young men to hang out in a setting where you women provide the food. An occasional group activity is OK, but when you see men who make hanging out their primary interaction with the opposite sex, I think you should lock the pantry and bolt the front door.
Up to this point I have concentrated primarily on the responsibilities of single men. If you are just marking time waiting for a marriage prospect, stop waiting. Now, single sisters, I have an expert witness to invite to the stand at this time.
You may never have the opportunity for a suitable marriage in this life, so stop waiting and start moving. It is my wife, Kristen, who, as an adult, was single for about 35 years before we married. The Atonement is not something that happens at the end of our lives. I got a doctorate and became so involved in my profession that I forgot about being a good person.