Dating as an institution is a relatively recent phenomenon which has mainly emerged in the last few centuries.
Most teens go out in large groups and don't pair off until they are 18 or 19 years old in Australia.
Dating is a stage of sexual selection in humans whereby two people meet socially, possibly as friends or possibly with the aim of each assessing the other's suitability as a partner in an intimate relationship or marriage.
It can be a form of courtship consisting of social activities done by the couple.
Dating is rare in Afghanistan because most marriages are arranged by parents, and schools are separate for boys and girls.
Slumber parties are common in Italy and Switzerland, where teens gather for parties at a home and sleep there when the party is over.
When not dancing, teens gather at local clubs to eat and talk. In Finland, as many as 30 teens may attend a movie together. Couples often go to dinner parties, barbecues, or the beach. When of age, most boys and girls date in large groups, going out together to weekend dance parties.The protocols and practices of dating, and the terms used to describe it, vary considerably from country to country and over time.While the term has several meanings, the most common sense is two people trying out a relationship and exploring whether they are compatible by going out together in public as a couple, that is, they are undergoing a trial period to assess mutual compatibility.A related sense of the term refers to a couple who have already decided that they like each other, and are seeing each other on a regular basis, and who may or may not be having sexual relations.This period of courtship is sometimes seen as a precursor to engagement or marriage.