Magazine article about dating
The purpose of dating is not much clearer than its definition.Before the early 1900s, when people started “dating,” they “called.” That is, men called on women, and everyone more or less agreed on the point of the visit.
If you’re one of the many who have used an online dating service (among those “single and looking,” more than a third have), you know how quickly dating devolves into work.
The obvious reason for declining marriage rates is the general erosion of traditional social conventions.
A less obvious reason is that the median age for both sexes when they first wed is now six years older than it was for their counterparts in the 1960s.
In 2000, Jeffrey Arnett, a developmental psychologist at Clark University, coined the term emerging adulthood to describe the long phase of experimentation that precedes settling down.
Dating used to be a time-limited means to an end; today, it’s often an end in itself.
prime candidates for dating from age 14 or younger to close to 30 or older.