Courtship was seen as a fundamental part of a well-functioning society.When people started dating, relationships became less restricted and more personal. In Jodi O'Brien's book, , she writes, "Different institutions were becoming more prominent in the lives of young men and women, such as school, college, and workplaces, which exposed them to a large pool of potential dating partners.
Still, the ultimate and very apparent goal was still that of marriage.
As a result, the purpose of dating was primarily to have fun, not to find a marriage partner.
However, couples would form after several dates if they were interested in having more exclusive relationships." This starts to resemble what we would now conceive of as modern dating, and the ritual of courtship was left in the dust.
Some people look back fondly on dating, generations ago, with romantic ideas of greater morality and better values.
Others think that with all of the online apps and matchmaking websites we have today, it's never been easier to play the field.