The dating scene has changed since I was in college. Even at BYU. When I was there, dating was everything. Now maybe that was was just me, heh heh, but if I couldn't score at least three dates a week it was a slow, sad situation.

These days, no one dates. They “hang out.” Which means, in a nutshell, that a bunch of guys and a bunch of gals completely unrelated and unpaired and very possible with great discrepancies in gender numbers move within generally the same vicinity and do whatever pops into their heads for as long as they feel like it.

It's gotten so bad that general authorities have given BYU devotional/fireside speeches, explaining to the student body what dating is and why they should join in. Is response, a number of years ago I made some pro-dating t-shirts to do my part in encouraging LDS dating. Seriously, guys, step up to the plate!

I have often wondered if the digital age has been getting in the way of dating. And maybe that means that online dating really is taking over the social world. Being a long-time digital follower, I have no problems with that, as long as the social experience eventually moves from the virtual world to the real one. Until you can get an online temple sealing, I'm thinking real world dating is the thing to shoot for.

Whenever I make a major purchase, I check Consumer Reports for reviews. You can get feedback and ratings on just about anything online these days. You compare online fax services, you can see subcontractor reviews. You can even check out Wix reviews, if you are in the market (and know what it is!).

There are tons of online dating sites specifically for members and for a general dating audience. So if you're going to go that route, how do you find out how best to spend your time and money? By searching online, of course! There are even reviews to help you find the best dating site on the web.

Have any MM readers used an online dating service? What do you think? Great idea, waste of time? Thumbs up or thumbs down to the online dating process for LDS singles?