As the years have gone by, the way we meet people, fall in love and have relationships has evolved with the times. From technology to global events and shifting social attitudes, many things have caused dating to change over the last 50 years.

Technology has changed the way we fall in love

Perhaps the biggest change in dating over the last 50 years has been the emergence of online dating. It truly has revolutionised our love lives, expanding our horizons in ways we never imagined. 50 years ago it would have been practically impossible to meet someone who lived far away unless the stars perfectly aligned and put you in the same place at the same time. But now with dating apps, you can connect with people from all over the world - there really are no boundaries when it comes to love now.

And it’s not just dating itself that’s gone online, countless pages and sites have popped up offering dating advice to people of all backgrounds and preferences to help them grow with the ever-evolving world of love.

Dating has become more open now

Social attitudes have a ripple effect on every area of society, and dating is no exception. Over the last 50 years, changing social attitudes, specifically to do with race, gender and sexuality have opened up people’s minds and created new possibilities for the way we love. 50 years ago, our society was characterised by racism, homophobia and sexism. This meant that many people only dated within their race, and interracial relationships were heavily opposed. For the LBGTQ+ community, falling in love meant living in danger and being subject to awful abuse, and in terms of gender, women were still very much expected to be conservative and good wives. Fast forward 50 years, after multiple waves of feminism and civil rights movements, attitudes are finally starting to change and love is starting to look a lot more diverse.

As a result, dating has become more open, and people can be more authentic with their dating lives and choice of partners. There is still a way to go, but things are definitely changing for the better. 

Astrology now plays a role

The last 50 years have seen the emergence of astrology, and there is no area it has affected more than the dating world. You can now figure out who you may be more compatible with (if you believe in the stars of course), and understand a lot more about yourself as a partner. Capricorn, Taurus, Scorpio - the signs can help us all to find the one.

Casual relationships are more accepted

Another huge change in the dating world is the acceptance of casual relationships. Partly helped along by the feminism movements of the ’70s and ’80s which saw women start to seek their own relationships, casual relationships are now more accepted. In fact, in today’s age, casual dating is just as common as being in a relationship, as people are starting to explore their sexualities and themselves.

Dating has changed a lot over the last 50 years, but it’s clear that finding human connection is just as important than ever.