These Are The Ways Dating Has Changed In The Past Century

Parents Are No Longer Involved

According to the US Census Bureau, the average age to get married in the ’50s and ’60s was about 20 years old for women and 22 for men. Those numbers jumped to 28 for women and 30 for men by 2018. This means that people are spending more years dating before marriage.

A man meets his girfriend's father.
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Where parents come into play is that the younger the married couple, the more involved the parents would likely be in their lives and decisions. Additionally, if people are spending more time dating, it’s less likely that the person you date will make it to the meeting-the-parents stage.