If you've ever been guilty of keeping a potential partner waiting in the wings while in a relationship with someone else, you're not alone. According to a new study conducted out of Hope College, 72 percent of the college students surveyed keep in touch with people they could imagine dating somewhere down the road—even when they're currently in a relationship.
“Back in my grad school days, I was single and looking to mingle. I’d meet people at the campus social hotspots, trade numbers, and store those numbers in my phone," explains study author Jayson L. Dibble. "Weeks and months later, there’d be the occasional text message from one to the other: 'Hey stranger how r u? It felt like the idea was to show some interest and attraction but not so much for a full-on relationship. Thinking back on those days, I wondered what it might mean and whether I was alone (turns out I’m not)."
Although this specific survey was conducted only on college students, the high percentage of young adults who keep potential partners on hand has larger implications for our society as a whole.