When a young woman decided on a man she wanted to see exclusively, their activities as a couple took place either in the household, or at social gatherings.
At that time, there was no such thing as just two young lovers "going out on a date." However, this began to change in the early years of the 20th century, when couples began to go out together in public and unsupervised.
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Some people look back fondly on dating, generations ago, with romantic ideas of greater morality and better values.
If a young man was interested in a young woman, he would follow the proper protocol of calling upon her, which meant that he would come to the family's home and (hopefully) be welcomed into their parlor.
While traditional courtship had its own set of rules and rituals, dating, as it evolved, became less structured.
Courtship was seen as a fundamental part of a well-functioning society.
In previous years, love was not seen as being of central importance to a marriage, and if it was to come it would emerge after the wedding had already occurred.
But with the introduction of dating came an increased desire for romance and love before deciding to commit to marriage.