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The dating game

10 Reasons Why We Still (Really) Need Dating

A few months ago, The New York Times all but declared that dating is dead (though they hedged with a question mark: “The End of Courtship?”). You’re probably familiar with the territory of this well-worn trend story: We’re now living in a “hookup culture” where women are lucky if suitors grace them with a booty called text message before 10 p.m., much less show up with flowers, much less pick them up, much less ask them on a proper date at all.

Dates may have suffered a beating, but it’s crucial that we save them from further harm. (And let’s be clear: a “date” can be anything from a seven course dinner at a five-star restaurant to a free museum tour or a walk in the park or a walk in a beach; it doesn’t have to be lavish in order to count.) But dating is absolutely necessary; its importance cannot be overstated. Here’s why dates are so critical to the beginning (and duration, but that’s a separate story) of a relationship:


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