It's true that dating has probably become less common on college campuses since the 1950s—or at least the Archie Comics version of dating where a boy and a girl sip a milkshake together through two straws.
Instead college kids have discovered an even better way to find a significant other.
Professor Cronin has three main concerns: college students no longer have the confidence to ask one another out on dates; so they instead resort to group hangouts, which erodes the dating culture; and hookups have supplanted relationships. I'll concede that the number of college kids asking each other out on dates has probably dropped significantly.
highlighted a class at Boston College in which the professor offers extra credit to students if they ask another student out on a date.
(The date is mandatory in another one of her seminars.) The rules: it must be a legitimate love interest; they must ask in person (not via text, etc.); the love interest cannot know the date is an assignment; and the date must last 45-90 minutes and cannot involve any sexual contact.
In short, Boston College is one of the most inspirational places I've ever been a part of!
When it comes to dating, this generation of college students is writing its own rules, and often deleting them as quickly as they are written.
This is a generation that has grown up with relatively low expectations in the realm of happily every after.