Dating as an institution is a relatively recent phenomenon which has mainly emerged in the last few centuries.From the standpoint of anthropology and sociology, dating is linked with other institutions such as marriage and the family which have also been changing rapidly and which have been subject to many forces, including advances in technology and medicine.But on the ground in Saigon, this could not have seemed less true.I literally had people crowded around me, elbowing each other to answer my questions.
This term may also refer to two or more people who have already decided they share romantic or sexual feelings toward each other.But just as I was finishing my internal pep talk, she asked, “Would you like to come to the theater with me tomorrow? I have an extra seat, and I would love to see you again.” Excuse me? This gorgeous girl from Brittany who was taken to a terrible restaurant that gave her food poisoning then had to walk through the cold making dull conversation wants to see me — the idiot who orchestrated it all — again?“Ummm…I’ll text you.” “Okay,” she smiled, before driving away. It would’ve been too cruelly awkward, but these kinds of surprises, in which I find myself on entirely different wavelengths with French women, aren’t actually that unusual.After a few dates if nothing clicks, they usually move on.It’s common for Americans to date dozens of people in a period of 2-4 months, often never seeing the same person more than once or twice if personalities don’t mesh well. The biggest concern is usually what might occur on the next date, not whether the person is marriage material or not.