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What Is Online Dating?

Dating is any social activity undertaken by, typically, two people with the aim of each assessing the other's suitability as their partner in an intimate relationship or as a spouse. The word refers to the act of meeting and engaging in some mutually agreed upon social activity. Traditional Online Dating activities include entertainment or a meal. In many cultural traditions, a date may be arranged by a third party, who may be a family member, acquaintance, or professional matchmaker. Recently internet Online Dating has become popular. Although Online Dating etiquette in Western culture has become more relaxed during the twentieth century, there are considerable differences between social and personal values. For example, when an activity costs money (for example, a meal), traditionally the man was expected to pay; but in recent times the practice of "going Dutch" (splitting the expenses) has become common and acceptable.

Types of dates

Regular date: a couple meet for an activity.

Double date: two couples meet for an activity.

Group Online Dating: an activity shared by two or more couples.

Blind date: a date where the participants have not met each other personally before (although may have seen each other's pictures); usually set up by a third party or an internet Online Dating service.

Long Distance / Holidating: due to a long distance relationship, Online Dating only when one, or both parties are on holiday or a big vacation and are together during that time period.

Dating exclusively: when two people forming the couple expect each partner not to go out on dates with third parties.

Systems for organizing dates

Online Dating: Instead of using a traditional matchmaker, online dating uses specifically targeted websites to meet new people.

Speed Dating: Where a group of people get together for several hours in public; the predetermined time is asked to move and sit with someone else to repeat the process.

Mobile Dating/cell phone Online Dating: Where text messages to and from a mobile/cell phone carrier are used to show interest in others on the system. Can be web-based or online Dating as well depending on the company.

Virtual Online Dating: A combination of video game playing and Online Dating, where users create avatars and spend time in virtual worlds in an attempt to meet other avatars with the purpose of meeting for potential dates.

Singles events: Where a group of singles are brought together to take part in various events for the purposes of meeting new people. Events can include such things as parties, workshops and games.


Christian Courtship

Main article: Biblical courtship Christian courtship is a system practiced by some Christian families where two people figure out if they are to get married without modern Online Dating practices. Christians who participate in courtship generally believe Online Dating is a means of impersonally "trying someone out" before building a more significant and meaningful relationship. There is an absence of sexual activities, or at the very least an honest attempt to avoid them. On rare occasions some may even refrain from kissing until their wedding day if their (both people is essential) convictions lead them to do so. The courtship is a period of time where the couple build a strong friendship along with the romantic relationship resulting in a strong, non-sexual intimacy between the two. The hope is to set a strong foundation (along with a true faith in God) for a life-long marriage. It is not a chaperoned time, although many may believe it to be.


Main articles: Jewish view of marriage and shidduch Orthodox Jewish men and women usually meet through matchmakers in a process called a shidduch, for the purpose of marriage. When Jewish men and women come of marriageable age, their parents usually turn to a matchmaker to help them find an appropriate mate for their children. With the advice of the matchmaker and the consent of the parents the young man and woman meet on a date. If they like each other they continue Online Dating over the course of a few weeks. The decision to marry is made by the couple themselves. Usually the groom is no more than 5 years older than the bride. Marriage age ranges from 17–25, with 18–22 considered the norm.

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