One of the most obvious changes was that it multiplied the number of partners (from serious to casual) an individual was likely to have before marriage.So one important point to understand right up front (and about which many inside and outside the church are confused) is that we have not moved a dating system into our courtship system.
Dating used to consist of first dates that ended with marriage proposals, or families making marriage deals between their children.
In fact, online dating is the second-most-common way for couples to meet–right behind meeting through friends.
With 40 million Americans trying online dating services, it only becomes more normal every day.
The man and the woman usually were members of the same community, and the courting usually was done in the woman's home in the presence (and under the watchful eye) of her family, most often Mom and brothers.
However, between the late 1800s and the first few decades of the 1900s the new system of "dating" added new stages to courtship.