Another potential form of harassment can be seen in professor–student relationships; even though the student may be of the age to consent, they might be coerced into sexual encounters due to the hope of boosting their grades or receiving a recommendation from the professor.

The practices of courtship in Western societies have changed dramatically in recent history.

Lavaliering is a "pre-engagement" engagement that is a tradition in the Greek life of college campuses.

Hooking up is unique for when and why the sexual encounter occurs: instead of building a relationship before initiating sexual acts (from kissing to intercourse), hooking up allows the participants to become intimate without the expectation of commitment.

Glenn and Marquardt's research shows the prominence of hooking up on modern-day college campuses; they found that approximately 40% of college women have participated in a hookup, with as many as 25% of that number having participated in this practice a minimum of six times.

The date, which had previously been the public courting method for the lower class, was adopted by young adults across the upper and middle classes.

Meetings between lovers began to be more distant from rigid parental supervision.

It functioned as a way for each party's family to gauge the social status of the other.

This was done in order to ensure a financially and socially compatible marriage.Women's status was more closely tied to how others perceived them.If they were seen with the right men and viewed as someone who was desired and dateable, they would achieve the desired social status.As late as the 1920s, it was considered unorthodox for a young couple to meet without familial supervision in a tightly controlled structure.Compared with the possibilities offered by modern communications technology and the relative freedom of young adults, today's dating scene is vastly different.Specifically, the advent of the telephone and the automobile and their subsequent integration into the mainstream culture are often identified as key factors in the rise of modern dating.