1960s dating

, the moving pieces all make it a less than appealing way to spend your evening.And yet traditional dates are held up as a romantic ideal, the kind the older generation desperately wants Millennials to learn (so much so that a Boston College professor ).She might be delaying gratification, but she makes it worth the wait.

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Back then, with the goal of finding their child a spouse that could physically help in maintaining the family home or bear children.

Courtship, to put it in old-timey terms, then became a part of the mating process. But even then, they didn't always fit one mold.

Here are some ways our idea of a "date" has dramatically varied over the years.

Two, we limited it to one song per artist, with a couple of exceptions, like The Beatles, because they're The Beatles.

Lastly, come back next week for the best love songs of the '70s. Leonard Cohen, "Suzanne" (1967) "Suzanne" is probably Leonard Cohen’s most covered song after the notorious "Hallelujah." Yet it remains one of the most distinctive examples of the singer’s graceful style, spinning together biblical references, exotic ephemera, and glimpses of decay and unexpected beauty into an achingly complete tale of romantic longing. Nick Drake, "Time Has Told Me" (1969) The first track on the first album by this notoriously unhappy artist is actually a love song — albeit one written to "a troubled cure for a troubled mind." With its jazz chords and Drake's soft, lilting voice, it's a haunting song of gratitude for the one person who brings the singer some sense of tranquility. The Velvet Underground, "Pale Blue Eyes" (1969) Lou Reed's ballad to college sweetheart/muse Shelly Albin has the feel of a hangover — the complicated relationship leaves the singer so wrung out he can't help but be totally honest.