Dating is a stage of romantic or sexual relationships in humans whereby two or more people meet socially, possibly as friends or with the aim of each assessing the other's suitability as a prospective partner in a more committed intimate relationship or marriage.

It can be a form of courtship that consists of social activities done by the couple.

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Norwegian men and women have among the highest life expectancies in the world and fertility rates among European countries second only to Iceland and Ireland.

Although Norway has an aging population, it has no shortage of young adults starting families.

involved a gentleman caller coming to the house of a woman who piqued his fancy, and the two would have a visit with a chaperone in the room.

This would continue on until a mutual interest was reached and a marriage proposal was offered.

Although many of us associate a “sexual revolution” with the 1960s (and with the pill), sexual strictures eroded gradually, over many decades.

A major change occurred in the 1920s, when new dating customs provided unmarried couples with greater privacy and greater opportunity for physical intimacy.

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.

There could be sexual tension involved, as anyone who's ever read Henry James knows; but the pace would be what we'd call today a (seriously) slow burn.