Two siblings, practically in elderly status (~30) are single and neither has had a serious boyfriend/girlfriend.A close friend from his youth married a short time ago, his new wife was his first serious relationship in over a decade.
Ever since various general authorities started drawing attention to the dating scene among Young Adults, I’ve taken an interest in the current status of dating, especially among LDS people, but also in general.
I’ve polled my students about it occasionally and also my friends, single and not.
One friend observed that in her experience, such dry spells aren’t “uncommon in LDS circles, but *very* uncommon in secular/regular life [but see below].
The understood subtext to all dates adds an extra-weird pressure to LDS dating.
All un-coupled people are constantly being assessed and assessing—it creates a strange highly-charged atmosphere where men and women can’t just organically get to know each other, which is the norm in non-LDS dating.