Dating courtship history
Courtship is used by a number of theorists to explain gendering processes and sexual identity.Scientific research into courtship began in the 1980s after which time academic researchers started to generate theories about modern dating practices and norms.
In a Time-line by Metro, a statistic match-making business opened in 1941, the first reality TV dating show was developed in 1965 and by the 1980s the public was introduced to video dating.
In more traditional forms of Christianity, this concept of courtship has been retained, with John Piper defining courtship and distinguishing this concept from dating, stating that: Courtship ordinarily begins when a single man approaches a single woman by going through the woman's father, and then conducts his relationship with the woman under the authority of her father, family, or church, whichever is most appropriate.
Courtship always has marriage as its direct goal...
However, by the Jazz Age of the 1920s, dating for fun was becoming a cultural expectation, and by the 1930s, it was assumed that any popular young person would have lots of dates.
This form of dating, though, was usually more chaste than is seen today, since premarital sex was not considered the norm.