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1 EXPLORING Marriages & Families Chapter 3 Building Relationships

2 Figure 3.1 Percentage Never Married versus Percentage Single, Ages , 2008

3 Singlehood How Many Stay Single? It Depends on How You Define It What Does It Mean to Be Single? A Useful Typology Voluntary Temporary Singles: Unmarried adults who may be delaying marriage while pursuing education or establishing a career

4 Singlehood What Does It Mean to Be Single? A Useful Typology (continued) Voluntary Stable Singles: Unmarried adults desiring a single (unmarried) lifestyle Involuntary Temporary Singles: Singles actively searching for a mate but unable to find a suitable one Involuntary Stable Singles: Unmarried adults who can expect to be single for life even though they may not want to be

5 Friendships Being Friends: Sex Differences Being Friends: Social Class and Race/ Ethnicity Friendships between Women and Men: Just Friends? Cross-Sex Friendship: A friendship between a man and a woman that is strictly platonic

6 Dating, Courtship, and Mate Selection A Look at History: Macro-Level Influences on Our Micro-Level Choices Courtship in Early America - Calling: A dating practice of the 18 th and 19 th centuries in which a young man would visit a young woman in her parents home

7 Dating, Courtship, and Mate Selection A Look at History: Macro-Level Influences on Our Micro-Level Choices (continued) Industrialization, Consumerism, and the Emergence of Dating - Principle of Least Interest: The idea that unequal emotional involvement between romantic partners has implications for the quality and stability of relationships

8 Dating, Courtship, and Mate Selection Macro Influences Today: Sex and Gender, Race/Ethnicity, Social Class, Sexual Orientation Gender and Dating - Dating Scripts: A set of expectations around dating that are somewhat different for men and women

9 Dating, Courtship, and Mate Selection Macro Influences Today: Sex and Gender, Race/Ethnicity, Social Class, Sexual Orientation (continued) Differences and Similarities in Dating Practices: Social Class, Race, Ethnicity, and Sexual Identity

10 Figure 3.2 Percentage of 12 th -Grade Students Who Never Date or Who Date Frequently (More Than Once a Week), 1991, 2000, 2008

11 Dating, Courtship, and Mate Selection A Micro View: Who Do We Date and Where Do We Meet? Dating Trends Who Do We Date? - Homogamous Relationships: Relationships in which we spend most of our time with people who are very similar to ourselves - Propinquity: Geographical closeness - Pool of Eligibles: The group from which we are likely to choose our mates

12 Table 3.1 Where Dating Partners Meet

13 Table 3.2 Who Uses Online Dating?

14 Figure 3.3 Number of Cohabitating Couples of the Opposite Sex,

15 Heterosexual Cohabitation Cohabitation: An arrangement in which two people live together without being married Who Cohabits? Attitudes toward Cohabitation: Is it still Living in Sin?

16 Table 3.3 Characteristics of People Who Cohabit

17 Figure 3.4 Living Together without Getting Married

18 Heterosexual Cohabitation Cohabitation and Marriage Selection Effect: An explanation for the fact that people who cohabit tend to be the same ones who later divorce Cohabitation and Children

19 Gay and Lesbian Intimate Relationships Commitment and Cohabitation Similarities and Differences Differences between Homosexual and Heterosexual Couples Differences between Lesbian and Gay Couples

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