So these are four important cultural forces in the early part of the 20th century that assisted in moving our culture from the older courtship system that existed prior to the late 19th century, to a courtship system that includes "dating," which, I will argue in the next article, is much more ambiguous and confusing.
I will also talk about dating itself (including the origination of the word If you’ve enjoyed this article, will you consider giving a tax-deductible gift to Boundless right now?
They knew what was "normal." Prior to the 20th century, "normal" was determined within families and local communities, but now a "higher authority," with wide-spread circulation and readership, began to form a national consciousness. With the onset of the sexual revolution the question arose, "Why would a man court and woo a woman when he could gain a chief benefit of marriage, namely sexual gratification, for free with no commitment?
Keeping company in the family parlor was replaced by dining and dancing, movies, and "parking." A second cultural force that influenced the older courtship system was the rise of "public advice" literature as well as the rise of an "expert" class of advisers — psychologists, sociologists, statisticians, etc.
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There's a good chance I'll soon be moving to Europe for a couple of years for work.
I think there are differences, certainly in US it seems acceptable to 'multi-date' whereas in most European countries there is an assumed commitment to one person when you start dating, dating multiple people is a no go, which has benefits, if you are just dating one person and you are a couple from the off then it's possible to get closer sooner and there is less scope for misunderstandings. I'd agree with wuggle on the multi-dating thing, particularly in the Uk - apart from in the very very early stages of dating, seeing more than one person isn't really tolerated.
The idea is that you would at least drop the rest if you find a good connection with one.