Definition of dating and courtship
By the start of the 21st century, approximately 20 percent of the Internet population had used it at some time to meet others, with Internet dating services collecting nearly half a billion dollars per year in matchmaking fees.
Dating sites capture an important aspect of the Web economy—the ability to appeal to particular niche groups.
Text messages let us interact with the least amount of effort.
And with today’s modern attitudes toward dating, we’re tempted to look to serve ourselves first before thinking of the needs of others.
Most parents continue to allow dating because it is the way that they did things in their day, and they believe that they survived.
(But as we shall see, they probably did not survive unscathed).
Many young people do not date during their teen years because they are not yet interested, do not have opportunities, or simply want to delay forming serious relationships.
Our attitude to dating is not so much a matter of church policy but a matter of family government.“When you begin dating, go in groups or on double dates.Avoid going on frequent dates with the same person. You may want to invite your dates to activities with your family.Youth in the Church are taught to wait until at least age 16 to begin dating and to date only those who have high moral standards.A young man and a young woman on a date are responsible to help each other maintain their standards and to protect each other's honor and virtue.