Thoroughly Modern Dating

In This Chapter

^ Seeing what's new

Navigating today's dating scene ^ Recording your dating life

■ My hen the For Dummies folks called about a revision to my original ▼ ▼ Dating For Dummies book, now several years old, I originally thought that not all that much had changed about dating: Dating, after all, is still about two people who are interested in one another and want to get together at a specific time and place. It's not like we're talking rocket science here. Since the original fix-up — you know, the one between Adam and Eve (who had the advantage of the ultimate Matchmaker) — dating has evolved. With the familiar United States version less than 100 years old, the guy is often (but not always) the one who asks and pays, and couples still face the tension of possible sex at the end of the evening. However, after some reflection about the dating scene I concluded that the last six or seven years have indeed significantly altered the dating landscape, and anything that alters that landscape is certainly going to alter dating behavior.

In this chapter, I detail those changes precisely. In addition to key points to remember about modern dating, you can learn how to keep track of what's going on in a dating notebook. I promise no pop quizzes, but you'll be amazed at how much you can learn about yourself and the process.

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