Hanging out is popular in a comparable way at BYU as elsewhere.
About a quarter of both BYU men and women hang out six or more times per week.
37% of men but only 9% of women admitted to physical attraction as a desired characteristic.
1% of men cared about earning capacity, compared to 12% of women.
Many students found it challenging to transition from hanging out to dating relationships.
Most commonly this involves just sitting around and talking, although watching TV or going out to eat are popular activities, and going to concerts, sporting events or church activities less so.
BYU women report that they like hanging out because it gives them a more active role in initiating interaction with men, and the men like it because it spares them having to risk romantic rejection and it lessens their financial burden since everyone pays his own way.
The table of desired qualities was mostly similar between men and women, but there were some interesting variances: 40% of men and 68% of women wanted someone who was ambitious, a hard worker.
32% of men and 59% of women wanted someone who is educated.