Dating Rituals Throughout History Prove The Times Have Definitely Changed

by Catie Keck
Catie Keck is a New York-based staff writer at LittleThings who has produced work for various web and print publications.

My, my, how the ritualistic dating times have changed! We’ve come a long way from dowries and any number of courting traditions of old — but some of these?

You really have to hear them for yourself to believe there was ever a time they existed.

In a new video from Natural Wonders Broadcasting — the same folks who brought us an informational video on how gross your phone actually is (ugh) — comes “Dating Rituals Throughout History,” a crash course in the outdated (and often mind-boggling) hoops you’d have to jump through to spend some time with a significant other before the modern era.

An example of some of these ridiculous methods of choosing a mate?

How about timed visits…with courting candles. (Visits would be extended by a parent chaperone if they liked the potential suitor of their daughter.) Or bundling — now that’s an interesting one. Couples would lay in bed next to one another, separated by a board, in order to spend some “quality” time with one another. Can you imagine?

If there’s anything to be gleaned from this informative crash course in dating though ages, it’s that we have come a very long way. Hear, hear for the modern era!

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