In Japan, there is a such type of courtship called Omiai, with similar practices called "Xiangqin" (相親) in the Greater China Area.

The matchmaker and parents will often exert pressure on the couple to decide whether they want to marry or not after a few dates.

Forbidding experimental and serial courtship and sanctioning only arranged matches is partly a means of guarding the chastity of young people and partly a matter of furthering family interests, which, in such cultures, may be considered more important than individual romantic preferences.

Throughout history, courtship has often included traditions such as exchanging valentines, written correspondence (which was facilitated by the creation of the postal service in the nineteenth century), and similar communication-based courting.

Traditionally, in the case of a formal engagement, it has been perceived that it is the role of a male to actively "court" or "woo" a female, thus encouraging her to understand him and her receptiveness to a proposal of marriage.

The average duration of courtship varies considerably throughout the world.

However, by the Jazz Age of the 1920s, dating for fun was becoming a cultural expectation, and by the 1930s, it was assumed that any popular young person would have lots of dates.

This form of dating, though, was usually more chaste than is seen today, since premarital sex was not considered the norm.

The concept of modern dating was initially seen as frustrating and mocked the moralistic values of traditional courtship.

One of the reasons there was this disagreement was that they did not want their children growing up doing what many did during the sexual revolution in the 60’s.

In recent research, it was found that marriage rates have dropped among people generations before.