Having an arranged marriage with mom and dad in control is certainly not the desirable method of dating for American youth today.At the same time, turning the matter over to computerized matchmaking also does not seem advisable (Whyte 76).Because of that perception, Whyte focused his study on how the institution of dating had changed over the last century.
Men and women were exposed to each other informally over a longer period of time, thus transforming their type of social and interpersonal interaction.
The second idea Whyte proposed was what he called growing affluence in America (74).
The research I conducted consisted of interviewing individuals from three different generations, oftentimes within the same family, and comparing and contrasting the dating patterns and interpersonal relationships of each generation.
I was expecting certain patterns of differing relationship definitions to emerge, and they did.
However, there were also some interesting trends that I discovered which were less expected.
The objective for presenting information related to romantic relationships is to inform readers of the critical role of communication in the relational development process, thus equipping them with the information necessary for improvement in relational communication.While researching the topic of interpersonal relationships and how they are classified, I was intrigued by the role of communication in the process.In addition, the knowledge I have gained in pursuit of higher education has continually piqued my interest, specifically in the areas of the dating process and the development of romantic relationships.In his opinion, more and more young people were freed from a need to contribute to the family income and had more leisure time in which to date (74).Technology, specifically the invention of the automobile, was the third catalyst for change presented by Whyte.However, the way Americans classify the different stages of an interpersonal relationship has changed over time.The first dimension of this study will examine how interpersonal researchers define different stages in relationships, how those definitions have changed over a period of three generations, and the role communication plays in that process of change.The shift of influence and the activities involved in the dating process both contributed to the new way of defining a romantic relationship.The question remains, what caused the shift from calling to dating in the American culture? First, he believed that prolonged school attendance, including public, co-educational high schools, and colleges (74) was one explanation for the change in dating patterns.Instead of dating involving male suitors and keeping company, dating involved pairing off of couples in activities not supervised by parents, with pleasure rather than marriage as the primary goal.The rules governing dating were defined by peers rather than by adults (Whyte 73).