These species-particular behavior patterns provide a context for aspects of human reproduction, including dating.However, one particularity of the human species is that pair bonds are often formed without necessarily having the intention of reproduction.Humans have been compared to other species in terms of sexual behavior.Neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky constructed a reproductive spectrum with opposite poles being tournament species, in which males compete fiercely for reproductive privileges with females, and pair bond arrangements, in which a male and female will bond for life."As soon as couples live together, it becomes more difficult to break up," Jamison said.
With the use of modern technology, people can date via telephone or computer or meet in person.
"A key motivation is to enjoy the comforts of an intimate relationship while maintaining a high degree of personal control over one's involvement and commitment," said Larry Ganong, professor in HDFS.
"We see this interest in personal control nationally in more single adult households, and in the growing phenomenon of 'living apart together' (middle-aged and older monogamous couples who maintain their own households).
Changes in relationship formation and dissolution in the past 50 years have revealed new patterns in romantic relations among young adults.
The US Census indicates that young people are choosing to marry later and cohabitating more often than past generations.