Services such as speed dating, video dating or phone dating grew in popularity in the 1980s and were usually provided by specialized dating agencies.
The advent of computer technologies has seen the development of what we call today online dating, a phenomenon which took off in the early 2000s.
There are five distinct phases of courtship occurring as non-verbal communications that all people, no matter where they live or what culture they belong to, obey and follow in the attempt to create a pair bond.
What follows is a short explanation of each of the five phases of courtship, with a link to more detailed information.
Depending on how the other person responds, however, determines whether or not a couple can solidly move within and past this courtship phase.