Marriage Then And Now Essay

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Pursuance of a life partner or just someone to love on has two different names depending on the case. Since the 1800s, America has started shifting more from courting to dating. When you are comparing courting traditions from the 1800s to now, one can see that America has become more persuadable about dating.

If one goes back in time to the 1800s, they would see that there were no girlfriends or boyfriends. Dating was known by a different name that held a higher meaning. Courting, as interpreted by thefreedictionary.com, “seeking the affections of a woman (usually with the hope of marriage)”. Courting was not just to have someone to have a physical relationship with. It was so that a man ...view middle of the document...

Courting for men was often better known as a business venture rather than looking for companionship. Companionship still played a part in other suitors roles due to the fact that the person the man married, is the person he is stuck with.

According to Pauline Go, “The mid 1900s saw a great change in the style and values of dating, People came to know about each other through dating and were more influenced by their peers and they determined the rules of dating. People were more influenced by movies and advertisements. There was no "supervision" and interactions between couples were without any commitment.” Around the 50’s and 60’s, dating became prominent with high schoolers. Phone calls, weekly dates and physical intimacy slowly became a part of the social norm for dating.

“In the early 1900’s,” Pauline states, “dating between couples were supervised by their parents.” The guardians of the pair would observe how they interacted with each other as well as conversation. Men and women were no longer constantly chaperoned. Movies, dance halls, amusement parks, and school all became another pond to find fish in. Slowly, dating would be more about the looks of the other person rather than the personality. Working-class youth were more likely to see dating as a marriage-partner selection. The middle-class youth, however, engaged in dating more in terms of entertainment. After the 1970s, dating had become marked by sexual desire as the rules were pushed and bent throughout the twentieth century.

Dating in today’s sense has changed significantly in comparison to the 1800s. This generation now lives in a world where, according to realtruth.com, “traditional dating has gradually been overtaken by the high school ‘going steady/boyfriend-girlfriend’ approach.” Speed dating, online dating sites, virtual dating, and hooking up have all become the “new normal” in society.

In today’s world, people are constantly sucked into their phones, computers, or other electronic devices, making them not as sociable to the outside world. In response to this technological obsession, dating sites and apps have increased dramatically. Ypulse’s article states, “Dating...

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