Dating rituals in korea
Though arranged marriages are largely a thing of the past, creative matchmaking attempts are not.
Blind dates arranged by friends or relatives are a common part of contemporary Korean dating culture.
Parents considered astrological signs, lineage, alliances between families and financial benefits when they paired their children with others.
Though contemporary Korean dating norms have shifted away from parental matchmaking, parents still play a vital role at the end stages of courtship.
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.
With the use of modern technology, people can date via telephone or computer or meet in person.
Dating may also involve two or more people who have already decided that they share romantic or sexual feelings toward each other.
In modern times, emphasis on the institution of marriage, generally described as a male-female bond, has obscured pair bonds formed by same-sex and transsexual couples, and that many heterosexual couples also bond for life without offspring, or that often pairs that do have offspring separate.
As women began to fill middle management positions in the public and private sector, many more women choose careers over families.
By 2005, 51 percent of South Koreans in their 20s and 30s were unmarried, which is 5 percentage points higher than just five years earlier.
Neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky constructed a reproductive spectrum with opposite poles being tournament species, in which males compete fiercely for reproductive privileges with females, and pair bond arrangements, in which a male and female will bond for life.
These species-particular behavior patterns provide a context for aspects of human reproduction, including dating.