But with the introduction of dating came an increased desire for romance and love before deciding to commit to marriage.
This concept, explained in depth in goes, "By the early nineteenth century, couples began to consider romantic love prerequisite for marriage and based their unions on companionship.
According to the University of California, Santa Barbara, "Across university campuses, couples publicized their decision to 'go steady' when the man gave the woman an article of his clothing to wear, such as a jacket, sweater, or ring." Dating had become much more about youth culture than about family expectations.
The way in which two people experienced sexuality when dating also shifted.
Some people look back fondly on dating, generations ago, with romantic ideas of greater morality and better values.