The history of dating
What was once seen as simply courtship, now includes dating on a far greater scale.
The ultimate goal of dating is still marriage, however young people are free to date casually many people before finding the one person whom they will marry.
Throughout history, with the exception of modern times, dating and courtship was seen as a bridge to marriage and children.
First courtship was seen as a means to provide a large family to do all the work required.Because women relied heavily on their families or spouses to provide financially for them, dating and courtship was seen as a way to ensure a woman's future.Although throughout most of history there was a very utilitarian attitude towards how one chooses a mate, as time went on, romantic feelings and love played a more dominant role in choosing a partner.As far back as colonial times, there was an explicit purpose to two young people taking time to get to know one another.Today however, a date isn't necessarily an indication of a desire to marry, but more as a social activity or rite of passage.