This paper seeks to understand dating patterns and practices among Nigerian undergraduate students in the era of globalization. Drawing on data collected in 2007 from over 2,000 students in six universities, the paper investigates the patterns, avenues, and motivations for dating; explores the onset of dating and determines whether or not respondents have ever dated or are currently dating a person of the same sex; and whether they utilize the Internet, newspapers/magazines, and television programs to find their romantic partners. Results reveal that both the classrooms and religious places of worship (churches and mosques) are the dominant avenues for finding mates. An overwhelming proportion (70.5%) indicated that their most important reason for dating is to find a future marital partner, followed by the desire to experience love and companionship (22.7%). Number of partners dated at a time, use of the Internet, newspapers/magazines and television as avenues for meeting partners vary significantly by respondents’ gender, religion, and place of birth. However, an overwhelming number of both males and females believe that males should pay for dating expenses although a lower proportion does so in practice. An insignificant percentage of respondents admitted to having same-sex relationships. Overall, the conclusion is that a cultural dualism exists as Western dating culture co-exists with traditional dating practices. The study provides an opportunity to uncover the extent to which modernization and globalization affect intimate relationships such as dating in a transitional society.
|Keywords:||Nigeria, Dating, Globalization, Modernization, Internet, Television, Newspapers/Magazines, Motivations, Intimate Relationships|
Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology/Sociology and Ethnic Studies Program, Albion College, Albion, Michigan, USA
Assistant Professor of Labor and Industrial Relations, Division of Business & Engineering, Penn State Altoona, State College, Pennsylvania, USA
Student, Department of Chemistry and Department of Anthropology/Sociology, Albion College, Albion, Michigan, USA
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