Different ethnic dating styles
Marriage during this time was less a public declaration of mutual affection and more an essential means of legally exchanging property between families.
Courtship was the ritual that would allow the families to evaluate potential matches and determine if the arrangement would be advantageous.
This new romantic character of courtship plainly took form in the forsaking of traditional highly formalized love letters in favor of letters with a more endearing and poetic tone.
But despite this move towards emotionally based relationships, the compatibility of matches was still strongly emphasized.
Due to this connection with the lower class, the practice was initially mistrusted by parents, but dating quickly replaced calling as the favored model of romance.
Marriage also experienced a revival and was subsequently reabsorbed into youth culture: Marriage rates rose and average ages of married couples declined.
With the advent of new technologies (cell phones, social media, Tinder, etc.) and the changing definitions of traditional dating and families, modern dating is a more fluid and self-interpreted concept, very different from the relational context of the past.
It is important to note that historically many of these mainstream rituals were strictly confined to heterosexual dating.
Women especially were impeded by the law, which still did not acknowledge them as capable of claiming possession of property or monetary assets.
This courtship style was originally associated with less affluent youth without access to the resources or attractive homes needed to entertain.