Though it wasn’t started as an online dating service, it has largely impacted how we connect and date using the Internet.
But how much worse would it be if the very act of it landed you in jail?
When Artie confronts his fading love, he says, “I s’pose the other boy’s fillin’ all my dates?
” But when these single women, stripped from their dependency on fathers and husbands, began to be courted in public, police, politicians, and civic leaders were alarmed.
In the past three decades, dating has become more of a process that can last for years before marriage is even considered.
As generations change, so does the idea of dating and how one finds a companion.
Even after being introduced, it was still some time before it was considered appropriate for a man to speak to a lady or for a couple to be seen together.
If the courting progressed, the couple might advance to the front porch.
Smitten couples rarely saw each other without the presence of a chaperone, and marriage proposals were frequently written.
According to an old French custom, as the moon went through all its phases the couple drank a brew called metheglin, which was made from honey. Arranged marriages were the norm, primarily business relationships born out of the desire and/or need for property, monetary or political alliances.
From buying a woman dinner to opening a door for her, many of today's courting rituals are rooted in medieval chivalry.