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At its worst, as Moira Weigel observes in her recent book, Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating, dating is like a “precarious form of contemporary labor: an unpaid internship.
You cannot be sure where things are heading, but you try to gain experience.
If you look sharp, you might get a free lunch.” In Future Sex, another new examination of contemporary sexual mores, Emily Witt is even more plaintive.
For an activity undertaken over such a long period of time, dating is remarkably difficult to characterize.
The term has outlasted more than a century’s worth of evolving courtship rituals, and we still don’t know what it means.
The purpose of dating is not much clearer than its definition.
Before the early 1900s, when people started “dating,” they “called.” That is, men called on women, and everyone more or less agreed on the point of the visit.Dating can be used to describe exclusive and nonexclusive relationships, both short-term and long-term.And now, thanks to mobile apps, dating can involve a succession of rendezvous over drinks to check out a dizzying parade of “matches” made with the swipe of a finger.“I had not sought so much choice for myself,” she writes, “and when I found myself with total sexual freedom, I was unhappy.”of a dating revolution.The sheer quantity of relationships available through the internet is transforming the quality of those relationships.In 2000, Jeffrey Arnett, a developmental psychologist at Clark University, coined the term emerging adulthood to describe the long phase of experimentation that precedes settling down.