Dating vs courting

In the earlier 1800s, young adults were expected to court with the intention of finding a marriage partner, rather than for social reasons.

A large percentage of modern families are started with children and marriage following after.In some societies, the parents or community propose potential partners and then allow limited dating to determine whether the parties are suited.In Japan, there is a such type of courtship called Omiai, with similar practices called "Xiangqin" (相親) in the Greater China Area.Scientific research into courtship began in the 1980s after which time academic researchers started to generate theories about modern dating practices and norms.Both Moore and Perper found that, contrary to popular beliefs, courtship is normally triggered and controlled by women, continue to support a view that courtship is a social process that socialises both sexes into accepting forms of relationship that maximise the chances of successfully raising children.

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