Peasants and the working class married more often for love and what was to come in the dowry. Occasionally elders arranged the marriages as early as three but that trend disappeared later in the Middle Ages. Although already arranged, legally a marriage did not exist until the couple consented to the union.
The word “date” was coined — inadvertently, it seems — by George Ade, a columnist for the Chicago Record, in 1896. In a column about “working class lives,” he told of a clerk named Artie whose girlfriend was losing interest in him and beginning to see other men socially.May 15, 2016
Dating had actually been around for a while before the 1950’s, but since the presence of the teenager became ever more prevalent and public, dating became more and more popular and routinized. Millions of teenagers in the 1950’s went on one or more dates per week. These teenagers started dating at a young age too.
In ancient times, dating wasn’t really even a thing. And as their highest calling was to marry and have a son, it’s clear that love and romance — and even dating — weren’t really all that important in ancient times. People didn’t need to get to know each other, because women’s opinions weren’t a concern…
1896 The word “date” was allegedly coined in 1896, by a forlorn lover. According to Moira Weigel’s book, “Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating,” the word “date” first popped up in a newspaper column in which a heartbroken clerk named Artie wrote that the object of his affections was seeing other people.May 7, 2018