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However, some clues about LDS young people are available now in this survey of unmarried BYU students.
The survey was designed to learn about BYU students’ goals and attitudes about marriage and dating: how important marriage is to them, how confident they are that they will find a mate, and how they go about the process of getting to know people of the opposite sex.
We also asked what type of physical intimacy students thought appropriate for hanging-out and dating relationships and what intimate activity they had participated in.
From these associations young people may pair off and “hook up” with a member of the opposite sex.
In Glenn and Marquardt’s study, “hooking up” was defined as “when a girl and a guy get together for a physical encounter and don’t necessarily expect anything further” (Glenn and Marquardt, 2001, p. Forty percent of the women in the study had participated in a hookup, and over 90% indicated that hooking up is a regular activity on their campus.
Nearly the entire national sample of women, 99%, is convinced the right spouse will appear in their lives at the appropriate time.
We asked BYU students several other questions about their perceptions of and attitudes toward marriage (see Table 3).Ninety-six percent of the BYU students claimed that “being married is a very important goal” to them.
They are a little less sure that someone with the traits they desire will appear at the right time. A 2001 study (Glenn & Marquardt) of 1,000 young women attending four-year colleges and universities across the United States found that “dating” has all but disappeared from American college campuses. Mc Clendon, “Dating and Marriage,” in Shield of Faith: The Power of Religion in the Lives of LDS Youth and Young Adults (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2010), 219–46.These high school seniors are younger than typical BYU students, but they provide a reasonable picture of what young people are generally thinking about marriage.The goals ranked by the high school seniors, although not identical to those chosen by BYU students, were similar; marriage was an important goal for both groups.Unfortunately, a definitive answer will not be known for a generation or more.