Dating differences between generations

Contributing: Matt Sobocinski, Ramon Padilla, Jim Sergent, Alex Gonzalez and Josh Hafner of USA TODAY; Kaila White and Thomas Hawthorne of The Arizona Republic; Rachel Denny Clow and Beatriz Alvarado of the Corpus Christi (Texas) Caller-Times; Siobhan Mc Andrew and Jason Bean of the Reno (Nev.) Gazette-Journal; and Bryon Houlgrave and Zach Boyden-Holmes of The Des Moines Register.

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While traditional courtship had its own set of rules and rituals, dating, as it evolved, became less structured.

Courtship was seen as a fundamental part of a well-functioning society.

Yet, despite all this openness, our interviews found dating isn't any less awkward. Yet this doesn't signal a soon-coming Gen Z baby boom.

"Gen Z will likely follow suit with Millennials, who have postponed many of the traditional milestones such as buying a home, getting married, and even having children." — Michael Wood, president of generational research firm 747 Insights. Future mothers are expected to continue the decades-long trend of having children later in life.

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