1920s dating: Courtship transformed. Less formal, focused on fun. Dance halls, movies, parks, speakeasies. Meeting through friends, exploring new norms.
1930s dating: Rules emerge. Playing hard to get, calling etiquette, public displays of affection debated. "Spinster" stigma, marriage rates drop during Great Depression.
1940s dating: Younger age, dating as status measure. Men lead, competitive sport. Etiquette on notice, doorsteps, payment. Parents caution against commitment.
1950s dating: Younger marriages. Going steady for exploration, not necessarily marriage. Dating multiple people advised. World War II impact on available partners.
1970s dating: Marriage rates climb, delayed marriages. Women's rights impact, contraception, abortion rights. Chivalry etiquette remains, personal ads influence.
1990s dating: Changing sexual mores, teen pregnancy decrease. "The Rules" book influence, delayed marriages. Complications arise, speed dating and online dating emerge.
New millennium: Reality TV and FOMO. Rise of online dating, easier connections. Stigma fades, popularity grows. Meet-cute stories evolve.
Online dating rises, overtakes traditional methods. Niche sites emerge. Tinder revolutionizes casual dating. Accessible but not easier. Dating challenges persist.
COVID-19 transformed dating, fears and limitations. Relationships formed, preferences unchanged. Pandemic impact lingers. Future uncertain.