Dating and courtship practices
Modern courtship bears little resemblance to the rituals that traditionally led to marriage in most countries in the past.
Technology and economics have changed the rules, the expectations, and the rituals leading to marriage.
Through this lesson, you will learn what defines the courtship ritual, and gain insight and understanding into how the practice of courtship is performed in various cultures around the world.
When you are through with the lesson, you can test your new knowledge with the quiz.
The concept of courtship has always been the process of rituals that eventually leads to marriage.
This is different than "dating" because the idea of two young people actually getting to know each other before marriage is a relatively new one.
In Western countries, like the United States, the most common form of courtship is a date between two individuals.
Amanda Stiver of the Vertical Thought blog also believes that traditional courtship is a process needed to create "...a loving marriage relationship that results in the growth of two people together." Websites such as try to provide both the security and convenience of online dating with a screening process and focus on permanent relationships.
The shelters provide a private space for young couples and are intended to encourage independence and autonomy.