Religion a Factor in Harvard Students' Dating Choices

December 7, 2005

Source: The Harvard Crimson

On December 7, 2005 The Harvard Crimson reported, "Alexa P. Summer ’06 always assumed that she would raise her children Jewish. Now that she’s in a serious relationship with a practicing Catholic, however, her children’s faith is no longer quite so certain. 'It’s more up in the air than it’s ever been for me,' she says. In deciding who they want to date, most college students say they do not think about marriage or children. But the choice to date someone may have unexpected implications—especially if that person does not share your religion, Summer says. Faced with these complexities, many students say they will not date members of other religions, and those who say they are willing to do so admit it isn’t always easy... Students say that their broadest and most constant concern about interfaith dating is the faith of their children. Whether or not religious students choose to date outside their faiths, most say they usually plan to marry someone of their own faith."