The dating game is constantly changing, as are the rules to it`s game.
Looking back at history, it`s remarkable how modernised dating has become.
I don`t think anyone could have guessed what dating and relationships would look like if they thought about it back then.
Going as far back as the 1800`s, couples were always supervised in the young womans` home.
Couples were also formally introduced to each other and were paired together like that, rather than meeting by random. If you travel back as far as the Victorian Era, you will enter a time where women were only allowed to accept four gifts from a gentleman. These being, flowers, books, sheet music, and confectionary.
In the Victorian Era, couples who courted, always married, and never divorced. Divorce ruined a womans` reputation.
Going forward several years to about 1950, and men were now using flattery and pick-up lines. Men were expected to woo women in order to gain their interest.
In this time (1950`s), it was also very important to have parental approval. During the 90`s it became more popular for guys and girls to express their feelings through handwritten notes.
Now, let`s fast-forward to 1995, and the first online dating site is launched!
However, online dating has changed a lot over the years. Resorting to online dating was often seen as desperate, and not something many wanted to openly partake in.
But, by 2007, online dating became the second highest online industry for paid content.
Online dating has become HUGE among the world with an estimated 50 million people having tried it.
Some reasons why online dating is appealing to so many:
One reason worth noting is TIME. People often simply don`t have time to go out and meet people, or to put in the time of going on a few dates to see if they`re compatible to only find out they want different things. Online dating profiles are very specific, and ask very specific questions to determine desired outcomes, which help to wean out individuals you wouldn`t work with.
Self-esteem and mental health may be another point. People could definitely be more comfortable being matched online, rather than meeting person after person, and getting emotionally invested.
Sometimes people may just be tired of meeting the wrong person as well. An estimated 1 in 6 marriages begin online, so there are excellent chances that you will meet a fantastic partner!
There are many positives to dating and many ways to enter and exist in the dating world.