In many ways, dating shows became a powerful way to facilitate these changes.
By looking at the development of Chinese television dating shows, we can see how love and marriage changed from a ritualized system mired in the past to the liberated, Western-style version we see today.
Women, in particular, appear to be more focused on pragmatic qualities in prospective partners.
If an American boy goes out to dinner with a Chinese girl and does not pay for her meal, the locals will view him he as having lost "face" or social status and they will regard him as a poor dating candidate.
Many American teenagers expect to date several people before they settle down with one person, and they may view dating during their teenage years as primarily for fun.
In cities like Beijing and Shanghai, some young people follow Westernized dating customs.
Dating and romantic relationships are a normal, yet essential, part of life during the adolescent and early adult years.
Beyond the basic desires which most individuals experience during this time, researchers have noted the relative significance of dating, not only for individuals but also for societies.