Dating without dinner
Dating as an institution is a relatively recent phenomenon which has mainly emerged in the last few centuries.
From the standpoint of anthropology and sociology, dating is linked with other institutions such as marriage and the family which have also been changing rapidly and which have been subject to many forces, including advances in technology and medicine.
From about 1700 a worldwide movement perhaps described as the "empowerment of the individual" took hold, leading towards greater emancipation of women and equality of individuals.
Men and women became more equal politically, financially, and socially in many nations.
No one interrupted to ask how everything was going or if we’d like to see the dessert menu.
This is where I recently found myself, venturing forth to connect with a relative stranger in the least awkward way possible… “When I was dating, I always preferred dinner dates,” Joanna told me. Plus, at dinner, you can talk about the menu, talk about the waiter, there’s a natural rhythm. In these casual times in which we live, I ALWAYS prefer drinks. entering the dating landscape, I have learned many things. Let’s not break bread until I know that I like you.