It is a form of courtship, consisting of social activities done by the couple, either alone or with others.The protocols and practices of dating, and the terms used to describe it, vary considerably from country to country and over time.In 1971, the ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) had just begun to emerge as the first large network of computers. However, in 1971, the ARPANET was little more than connected computers, and those who knew about it searched for possible uses of this invention. Watson thought of a way to deliver messages and files to printers at remote sites.He filed his "Mail Box Protocol" as a draft standard under RFC 196, but the protocol was never implemented.Historically, marriages in most societies were arranged by parents and older relatives with the goal not being love but legacy and "economic stability and political alliances", according to anthropologists.Accordingly, there was little need for a temporary trial period such as dating before a permanent community-recognized union was formed between a man and a woman.
The email announced its own existence, although the exact words have been forgotten.
In hindsight and given today's problems with junk email and junk faxes before that, that's probably not all bad.
Another person interested in sending messages between computers was Ray Tomlinson.
Dating may also involve two or more people who have already decided that they share romantic or sexual feelings toward each other.
These people will have dates on a regular basis, and they may or may not be having sexual relations.