Courting verses dating
Courting, when allowed by the parents, was done with the purpose of getting married.
By contrast, dating places the choice of a partner fully in the hands of the two people directly involved.
Matches were made in accordance to the young people’s status.
According to the local custom, the two were or were not allowed to spend time together, exchange letters and declare their love.
The current model that we are using is ineffective, at best. Dating was invented in the early part of this century.
And it is my conviction that the wordly system of dating, as it is currently conducted by most people, is far from God's original plan, as described in the Bible.
What is the difference between courting and dating in reality?
Courting was the sum of actions through which two people showed interest in one another before the announcement of an official engagement was made.
Unlike courtship, dating does not involve parents’ consent and does allow physical contact as part of the process. Preferably, it will end in a relationship and a steady arrangement.
Old-fashioned people or those looking to experience something different can still resort to old courtship practices.