As late as the 1920s, it was considered unorthodox for a young couple to meet without familial supervision in a tightly controlled structure.
Compared with the possibilities offered by modern communications technology and the relative freedom of young adults, today's dating scene is vastly different.
The primary change in courtship rituals during this time was a shift from marriage to social status as the desired result.
Such phenomena as hooking up and lavaliering are widely prominent among university and college students.
Hooking up is a world wide phenomenon that involves two individuals having a sexual encounter without interest in commitment.
Lavaliering is a "pre-engagement" engagement that is a tradition in the Greek life of college campuses.
Since fraternities and sororities do not occur much outside of the United States, this occurs, for the most part, only in the US.
Technology allows college students to take part in unique ways of finding more partners through social networking.Sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and My Space allow students to make new friends, and potentially find their spouse.