The protocols and practices of dating, and the terms used to describe it, vary considerably from country to country and over time.
Men and women became more equal politically, financially, and socially in many nations.
With the use of modern technology, people can date via telephone or computer or meet in person.
This term may also refer to two or more people who have already decided they share romantic or sexual feelings toward each other.
These people will have dates on a regular basis, and they may or may not be having sexual relations.
This period of courtship is sometimes seen as a precursor to engagement or marriage.