Dating Patterns and Practices in the Era of Globalization in Nigeria

By 'Dimeji Togunde, Sylvester Osagie and Jacob Rinkinen.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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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

Global Studies Journal, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.67-84. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 634.681KB).

Prof. 'Dimeji Togunde

Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology/Sociology and Ethnic Studies Program, Albion College, Albion, Michigan, USA

Dr. Dimeji Togunde received his Ph.D. degree from Cornell University, USA. He is Professor of Sociology and the John S. Ludington Trustees’ Professor of the Social Sciences at Albion College, Michigan. He is Chair of the Department of Anthropology/Sociology and Chair/Director of Ethnic Studies Program. He specializes in family demography, social change & development in Africa, and immigration. Some of his recent publications have appeared in the International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (2009); International Review of Modern Sociology (2008); International Journal of Sociology of the Family (2007); Journal of Children & Poverty (2006); and Africa Development (2006). His current research examines the effects of globalization and modernization on dating patterns and attitudes toward cohabitation & marriage in Nigeria.

Prof. Sylvester Osagie

Assistant Professor of Labor and Industrial Relations, Division of Business & Engineering, Penn State Altoona, State College, Pennsylvania, USA

Dr. Sylvester O. Osagie received his Ph.D. degree from Cornell University, USA. He is an Assistant Professor of Labor and Industrial Relations in the Division of Business & Engineering at Penn State University, Altoona.

Jacob Rinkinen

Student, Department of Chemistry and Department of Anthropology/Sociology, Albion College, Albion, Michigan, USA

Jacob Rinkinen is an Albion College undergraduate majoring in Bio-Chemistry and Anthropology/Sociology. He also is a fellow for the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (FURSCA). His recent publication, co-authored with Dr. Togunde, has appeared in the International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (2009).


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