Today there is very little encouragement for teen couples to maintain their couplehood past 12th grade. Couples routinely break up before attending college, believing that something better awaits, not just in the form of relationships. The idea is that coupling at 18 is a detriment for life—that a person has to be free to pursue a career, without the ties of love.
College meetups are down, too. After a slight bump in the early 2000s, when more people were attending college than ever before, those relationships are also on the decline, down from about 6 to 4 percent.
Men and women alike give top billing to career and being sexually libertine in their early twenties, deciding that the right person will come along at the right time. But how many people give up what could be a lasting and true love just because they think the timing is bad? Like anything else worth doing, love must be prioritized.
Workplace intros are in decline as well, because people are becoming afraid to meet that way. Human resources departments strictly forbid it, and workplace culture between men and women has a twinge of toxicity these days.