These questions plague any college student brave enough to attempt dating in college.
While some accept these nuances as “just the way it is,” others lament for a simpler time when dates, love letters and actually knowing where you stand were the norm.
Texting and social media amplify the suffocation because they make constant communication possible.
Emerson College student Paola Camargo views dating in college differently.
“College means that barrier disappears, and frankly, you might find that you get sick of someone way faster than you'd expect when they're sleeping over every night,” he said.
While Camargo’s love life is a college dating success story, stories like hers don’t receive the most attention.
In an age when a 10-second-then-it’s-gone picture is considered a mode of communication and terms like “hook-up” are everyday vocabulary, is a real relationship even possible?
The only way to get a true snapshot of the dating-scape that college students face everyday is to ask some students who live through the craziness.
She’s been with her current boyfriend for a year and a half and sees college as the opportune time to date.
“I think being in college makes me feel like dating is easier.
” I smiled at the irony, because my grandmother — to whom a “dance card” was a physical object — would faint if she saw the grimy, UV-lit basement of Beta Theta Pi.