Technology allows college students to take part in unique ways of finding more partners through social networking.
Sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and My Space allow students to make new friends, and potentially find their spouse.
Specifically, the advent of the telephone and the automobile and their subsequent integration into the mainstream culture are often identified as key factors in the rise of modern dating.
Not only did these technologies allow for rapid communication between a couple, but they also removed familial supervision from the dating process.
College dating is the set of behaviors and phenomena centered on the seeking out and the maintenance of romantic relationships in a university setting.
It has unique properties that only occur, or occur most frequently, in a campus setting.
These meetings were all strictly surveyed, typically by the woman's family, in order to protect the reputations of all involved and limit such possibilities as pregnancy.
As late as the 1920s, it was considered unorthodox for a young couple to meet without familial supervision in a tightly controlled structure.
Compared with the possibilities offered by modern communications technology and the relative freedom of young adults, today's dating scene is vastly different.
Women's status was more closely tied to how others perceived them.
If they were seen with the right men and viewed as someone who was desired and dateable, they would achieve the desired social status.