Differences In Dating Communication Between 1950's And Today

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Differences in Dating Communication Between the 1950’s and Today Whether it be the 1950s or today, communication in dating relationships is vital. The mediums of communication may be different in the two decades, but the importance of it remains the same throughout generations. It can be argued that communication between couples is the largest sign of strength and promise of a relationship. The 1950s was the last decade before a dating revolution started, which gave more freedom and less expectations to women in dating. My own grandparents dated in the 1950s and their experiences contrast mine in three significant ways: courtship, intimacy, and technology. As the years increase more and more from the days of courtship, it seems more and…show more content…
Dating or meeting people online was not an option in the 50s. Actually, the first personal computer was not available until the 1970s (Timeline of Computer History, 2006). Technology advancements have increased the number of outlets people are able to meet and interact. One particular venue technological advancements has made possible is online dating. Kory Floyd states in an OU textbook Communication Matters, in April 2011 alone, roughly 25 million users accesses an online dating site (2011). According to Floyd (2011), relationships formed online follow the same steps in forming if they had been initiated face-to-face. Online dating allows for more people to connect when they may have not been able to otherwise. This is a big advantage over the 1950s because the Internet allows individuals to merely generate more opportunities to date. In the 50s, proximity was a large factor in who people could meet. One of the most popular online dating sites, eHarmony, states that “an average of 438 eHarmony members marry every day in the United States as a result of being matched on the site” (Company Overview, 2012). Online dating has streamline dating communication and connected many people who would not have met…show more content…
Two of the most popular programs are The Bachelor and The Bachelorette series. Technology and television has made it possible for viewers at home to watch relationships unfold on reality TV. Television in the 1950s was full of programs like I Love Lucy and Leave it to Beaver. Both of these programs portray a romantic relationship, but neither shows one bachelor eliminating twenty-four women to find his “true love.” I believe that the dating shows today are undervaluing the development of a relationship. The initiation of a new romantic relationship is an intimate experience that should not be broadcasted to the entire country. Unfortunately, that is exactly what these dating shows are

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