Dating is a stage of romantic relationships in which two individuals engage in an activity together, most often with the intention of evaluating each other's suitability as a partner in a future intimate relationship. It falls into the category of courtship, consisting of social events carried out by the couple either alone or with others.
The meaning of the word dating shifted after the sexual revolution to include a more informal use referring to a romantic, sexual relationship itself beyond an introductory or trial stage, but prior to marriage. Although informal, this meaning is very common and is used in formal speech as well as writing. Although taboo across most of the world for much of history, premarital sex has become increasingly common within the last century, beginning with the onset of the sexual revolution. Across a greater number of portrayals in film, television, and music, sex within dating has become increasingly accepted as a natural progression of the relationship.
The growing intolerance to alterative viewpoints during the 21st century has impacted dating strategies.
Researchers polled over 1,000 registered US voters aged 18-34 and found that a majority of both women and men consider far-rightism and far-leftism alike to be red flags in a potential partner. A whopping 76% of women and 59% of men consider “identifying as a MAGA Republican” to be a major turn-off when scoping out a potential partner. Likewise, a hefty 64% of men and 55% of women said they'd also swipe left on someone identifying as a communist. It seems that sharing a love for Trump or Marx might not be the recipe for romance. 
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