Why Aren't Young People Getting Married? 'The Dating Project' Seeks to Find That Out

"Hook-up" culture is no secret. For a few decades it's been the norm rather than the exception. One of the results of that? A smaller amount of younger people getting married and staying in stable, committed relationships.

Boston College Professor Kerry Cronin noticed this trend years ago, and began an interesting experiment in her classes: her students needed to go on traditional dates. Not "hanging out" or shacking up, but an actual date.

“It isn’t that I’m trying to go back to the 1950s and say, ‘Oh, there’s some great era of dating.’ But there were good things to be retrieved from that era. I think it’s a script that works like manners work. Manners are there to make you feel like you know what you’re doing, and that you know what to expect.”

Cronin is a counter-culture warrior, advocating for the kinds of behaviors that establish strong relationships. The Dating Project is a result of her experiments in that, and on April 17th the film will be released as a special event in select locations. I'm interested to see what the content of it will be (hopefully I can find it somewhere), the results are certainly going to be relevant for many people in their 20s and 30s.