Seeing as how both NPR and The New York Times have produced stories on how the young people prefer just "hooking up" to dating can we now officially consider this trend/cultural shift officially passe? Can the backlash please begin? Can we bring back dates please? And more importantly DOUBLE DATES! and if at all possible drive-in movies.
For your reference:
NPR: Sex Without Intimacy: No Dating, No Relationships by Brenda Wilson
The Times: The Demise of Dating By Charles M. Blow
Also can I call for a moratorium on the use of the term "hanging out" to mean anything vaguely sexual. Aren't there enough vague terms for that sort of thing without sullying the reputation of the phrase "hanging out". From now on "hanging out" goes back to meaning spending time together but does not in any way mean that smooching was involved (i.e. "Johnny's been "hanging out" with Sally." "ooooh? Hanging out? or hanging out, hanging out?" ) NO MORE!
p.s. Can we also bring back "Do you like me? check 'yes' or 'no'" notes.