However, one particularity of the human species is that pair bonds are often formed without necessarily having the intention of reproduction.
These species-particular behavior patterns provide a context for aspects of human reproduction, including dating.
Dating as an institution is a relatively recent phenomenon which has mainly emerged in the last few centuries.
From the standpoint of anthropology and sociology, dating is linked with other institutions such as marriage and the family which have also been changing rapidly and which have been subject to many forces, including advances in technology and medicine.
All I want, to use an old-fashioned term, is a girlfriend.
Somebody I can take out to dinner on Wednesday, a picnic on Saturday, and talk to or text during the week. Getting dates isn’t the problem, it’s converting just one to girlfriend status that has been the challenge.