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For social scientists, studies of courtship usually look at the process of “mate selection.” (Social scientists, among whom I number myself from time to time, will never be accused of being romantics.) For the purpose of this article the , prior to the early 20th century, courtship involved one man and one woman spending intentional time together to get to know each other with the expressed purpose of evaluating the other as a potential husband or wife.The man and the woman usually were members of the same community, and the courting usually was done in the woman’s home in the presence (and under the watchful eye) of her family, most often Mom and brothers.

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Here you are, time flying by, and you haven't been able to choose.

I'll come to those crossroads and everything will make sense.”Yet, without even realizing it, you may suddenly find yourself getting serious about both guys.

That's what makes the situation attractive: They're great in opposite (yet equal) ways. You're playing the perfect girlfriend in two different relationships. You like both men so much, but you can't bring yourself to pick just one. At the same time, you're so incredibly happy to have two people who make you feel so good.

Your shame is palpable, but your indecision will always outweigh any guilt.

I'll know when my heart tells me which one of these guys is the right one.

One may have the best butt; the other may have an impressive beard. When you're seeing two guys at the same time, they're rarely similar.

However, between the late 1800s and the first few decades of the 1900s the new system of “dating” added new stages to courtship.

One of the most obvious changes was that it multiplied the number of partners (from serious to casual) an individual was likely to have before marriage.

You don't want to look back on this time in your life and think, “Wow, I really messed up when I was so close to finding love.”It's completely unavoidable.

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