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A discussion of dating practices in Western culture.

A discussion of dating practices in Western culture.

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  • 1. WesternDating
  • 2. What is “dating”?Dating is a form of courtshipconsisting of social activities done bytwo persons with the aim of eachassessing the others suitability as apartner in an intimate relationship oras a spouse. While the term hasseveral senses, it usually refers to theact of meeting and engaging in somemutually agreed upon social activityin public, together, as a couple.The protocols and practices of dating, and the terms used to describe it, vary considerablyfrom country to country. The most common sense is two people trying out a relationshipand exploring whether theyre compatible by going out together in public as a couple,and who may or may not yet be having sexual relations, and this period of courtship issometimes seen as a precursor to engagement or marriage.
  • 3. Dating coach
  • 4. Blind Date
  • 5. MatchmakersPeople can meet other people ontheir own or the get-together canbe arranged by someone else.Matchmaking is an art basedentirely on hunches, since it isimpossible to predict with certaintywhether two people will like eachother or not.
  • 6. Online Dating Online dating or Internet dating is a dating system which allows individuals, couples and groups to make contact and communicate with each other over the Internet, usually with the objective of developing a personal, romantic, or sexual relationship. Online dating services usually provide unmoderated matchmaking over the Internet, through the use of personal computers or cell phones.
  • 7. Group datingGroup dating is a modernpattern for dating where agroup of single men and agroup of single womenorganise a night out, with thehope of forming romanticpartnerships. It is most popularin Japan, where it is known asgōkon. In other cultures, groupdating is becoming morepopular as a safe alternative tosingle dating (especially blinddating), also helping to easetension, because both partieswill feel more comfortablehaving the company of theirfriends.
  • 8. Speed dating