What happens when you're hooking up sober, talking about feelings, staying over for three days straight, but are definitely not boyfriend and girlfriend?
What happens when it's not quite casual, but not quite dating?
These findings emerge from a national survey conducted last fall by the Pew Internet & American Life Project looking at the place of online dating in the larger picture of relationships in America.
The survey found that dating in America is, indeed, affected by online matchmaking activity.
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Surveillance Summaries: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance — United States, 2013 (pdf, 172 pages).
“Prevalence of Partner Violence in Same-Sex Romantic and Sexual Relationships in a National Sample of Adolescents.” Journal of Adolescent Health 35 (August 2004): 124-131.
At first glance, the survey results suggest ample targets for Cupid among American adults.
Jerry came to counseling because he was tired of being so shy and wanted to be able to meet women and eventually marry and have a family.
He knew that his current path was not leading him in the right direction, and he was very upset about it. I helped him with conversational skills, assertiveness skills, and with building self-esteem and confidence. Nevertheless, within three years he became president of a fraternity, had all the dates he wanted, had lots of friends, and had changed his major to one requiring a high level of interpersonal skills.
Phone interviews were conducted with 1,525 Latino teens, ranging in age from 12 to 18, most of whom (76.1 percent) were born in the United States.
Respondents reported experiencing the following within the past year:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.