"How the economy shapes our love lives" -- Vox, 2018, 6:01 -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWH5vyi3lTk
Dating is expensive. So, it's no wonder that when the economy is down so to go our public romantic lives. This video provides a short overview of courtship rituals over the past 100 years or so, from the days of gentlemen callers to the days of dinner and a movie.
From the video's description: It may seem like the way we date is dictated by things like love and affection but it’s actually driven by something far less romantic: the economy. Dating as we know it didn’t really start until the Industrial Revolution when young people left farms and small towns to flock to cities for work. They got jobs in factories, bars, and restaurants and being away from their families for the first time offered them the freedom to mix and match with other young people. Ever since then the way single people have gotten together has been dictated by the ups and downs of the economy in the United States. We talk to Harvard’s Moira Weigel, author of “The Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating” about how our woes about dating are nothing new, they’ve been around since people starting pairing off.