Changes in dating over the decades
Until two centuries ago, said Harvard historian Nancy Cott, "monogamous households were a tiny, tiny portion" of the world population, found in "just Western Europe and little settlements in North America." When did people start marrying?
The first recorded evidence of marriage contracts and ceremonies dates to 4,000 years ago, in Mesopotamia.
However, the way Americans classify the different stages of an interpersonal relationship has changed over time.
The first dimension of this study will examine how interpersonal researchers define different stages in relationships, how those definitions have changed over a period of three generations, and the role communication plays in that process of change.
From Tinder to text message breakups, a lot about our dating habits presumably baffles generations that came before us—generations which usually relied on face-to-face contact when meeting, and dumping, significant others.
But it seems the generational differences aren't only about technology.
From how much sex we have to when we choose to get married, it's more apt to say that today's approach to relationships in general has shifted considerably from the days when your mom and dad were just getting to know each other.1. It wasn't until this past decade that the majority of Americans believed sex before marriage wasn't wrong.
In addition to the substantial amount of research that has been conducted on this topic, I decided to conduct some personal research.The evolution of dating is hard to describe but can be easily visualized when you look at it through some of the best romantic comedies from each decade…The classic good girl likes bad boy while the good boy loves her from a distance.While researching the topic of interpersonal relationships and how they are classified, I was intrigued by the role of communication in the process.
In addition, the knowledge I have gained in pursuit of higher education has continually piqued my interest, specifically in the areas of the dating process and the development of romantic relationships.
But that basic concept has taken many forms across different cultures and eras.