I believe this dynamic is also carried over and amplified by our segregation of the sexes even after marriage, and our odd institutional fear of men and women being incapable of real, non-sexual friendship.” This conversation took place between two married Mormon women friends: “I never dated anyone before ****** and only went on one or two dates before then.
I think this has more to do with me than being Mormon, but I do think that being Mormon made me uncomfortable with dating non-Mormons.
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.
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.
There’s just nowhere for it to happen.” I think some Church authorities have been fairly liberal in their concept of dating.
Elder Ballard has promoted the idea of one on one dating, but not necessarily with the sole goal of marriage.