DESPITE the widespread belief that dating practices are changing rapidly in the United States, psychologists report that traditional patterns remain: The anxiety associated with dating is still preponderantly the problem of men, and men still initiate dates in the vast majority of instances.
At the same time, new research has begun to suggest why some men have more trouble than others in opposite-sex relationships.
He maintains that sexuality and intimacy become far more relevant as issues in advanced stages of dating.
One traditional area of dating that is showing signs of change involves the role of physical appearance.
Even when skills are not the problem, instruction and practice serve to lessen anxiety.