Lecturer Kerry Cronin teaches a class at Boston College where students receive extra marks for going on dates

Students given extra marks for going on dates
Students have forgotten how to ask each other out (Picture: Queenie Waterman)

Say you’re at university and you spot someone you fancy, how do you go about approaching them?

Do you immediately friend them on Facebook, trawl through their holiday pics, like all their statuses, then look at your shoes if they ever make eye contact with you in real life? Or maybe you check the location of their tweets, hoping to ‘accidentally’ bump into them in the street.

Perhaps you stay away from social media, knowing that inadvertently ‘liking’ one of their Instagram posts from 57 weeks ago could lead to a social anxiety so crippling, your young heart would explode were they ever to ask to borrow a pen.

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these then you could probably benefit from a little dating education – and you’re not alone. Kerry Cronin, a lecturer at Boston College, was so disappointed by the internet’s destructive effect on her students’ social skills that she now gives extra credit to the ones who go on dates with each other.

Speaking to The Boston Globe, Cronin says that dating has been ‘supplanted’ on campuses by a hook-up culture, because it ‘requires the courage to be vulnerable to another person.’

The ‘Cronin dates’ are not allowed to involve kissing, sex or even alcohol, yet students are somehow still keen to participate.

22 May 2014 | 11:21 pm – Source: metro.co.uk

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