How Dating Has Changed Over The Years

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Relationships and dating has changed over the years due to a number of different factors and reasons. For this blog post which is sponsored by, I’ve decided to speak with my Dad and step mum, Lynn, to see what their thoughts and opinions are with regards to dating and how dating has changed in their life time so far.


People were usually introduced, or met via social occasions such as at a bar

Although it may still happen now, people were more often than not introduced via family or friends. The internet helps people meet a lot now, which we will cover in an individual section. Additionally, they would always walk you home to make sure you got back safely.


Until you agree they are, relationships are not monogamous

If you went on a date, you were in a relationship. Now, “will you go out with me?” is usually meant socially. People are now not in a relationship until it is officially stated and agreed by both sides. Whereas, my step mum explained that if you were going on dates with someone, it was an unsaid/unwritten rule that you were dating.


Technology plays a big part in these changes

With the internet, it has changed how dating works completely. For example, texting now plays a big part in dating and relationships. Things are now more focused on looks, instead of personality and their sense of humour, with dating apps and websites being a good example of this due to first impressions based on looks. Another example is, my niece asked what a phone box was, to my step mum, Lynn. Lynn explained to her that she would save up her pennies to be able to go to a phone box to phone the bloke she was dating. Dating websites weren’t really “a thing” as such, it used to be seen as something you shouldn’t use/do. Now, there are websites catered to interests, age, etc such as senior dating.


They used to pick you up from your home

People meet up somewhere now, instead of being picked up. Even if they didn’t drive, they would still “get you” from your home, instead of meeting up somewhere (which is what usually happens nowadays).


Women pay for their drinks

One shift which sometimes is overlooked is that women now pay for their drinks, and men are accepting of this. My parents told me that men would always pay for the woman’s drink.


Women are more empowered now and some don’t marry straight away

Due to feminism and the relevant movements over the years, women are now more empowered within themselves and relationships. Whether it’s due to their career or that there is less expectations within society now, both men and women probably don’t get married as early as they used to, e.g. our grandparents may have got married as soon as they were of age and legally able to do so.


Everything is more multicultural and there is more acceptance now

Although the world still consists of a lot of hated, I’m so pleased the world is more accepting now and tries to be more inclusive, which is important. LGBT+ and mixed relationships/marriages are common – and so they should be! It is a natural thing and everyone deserves to be accepted and supported.

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I'm Louise, a 28 year old blogger living in York. I also work as a medical receptionist and I'm currently a trainee teaching assistant. This is my corner of the internet, in which I cover topics such as mental health, travel, fashion, lifestyle and so much more!

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