Dating and marriage in the 1900s

by the publishing house of Dick & Fitzgerald of New York presents more letter forms for refusing a proposal than it presents for encouraging a suitor!To readers today the index titles for these letters sound wildly humorous.

The Victorian precept that a lady "never explains or complains" is followed rigidly.

Marriage and Children Children raised by their own married mother and father are: • Less likely to be poor or to experience persistent economic insecurity • More likely to stay in school, have fewer behavioral and attendance problems, and earn four-year college degrees • Less vulnerable to serious emotional illness, depression and suicide • More likely to have positive attitudes towards marriage and greater success in forming lasting marriages Marriage and Crime/Domestic Violence • Married women are at lower risk for domestic violence than women in cohabiting or dating relationships.

• Boys raised in single-parent homes are more likely to engage in criminal and delinquent behavior than those raised by two married biological parents.

Hardly a week goes by without another new think piece about online dating either revolutionizing society or completely ruining our ability to have real relationships.

But these hyperbolic pronouncements miss a deeper fact: At its core, "online dating" isn't something we just started doing 5, 10 or even 20 years ago.

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