Hardly a week goes by without another new think piece about online dating either revolutionizing society or completely ruining our ability to have real relationships.But these hyperbolic pronouncements miss a deeper fact: At its core, "online dating" isn't something we just started doing 5, 10 or even 20 years ago.I mean, one could argue that even Voyager 1's Golden Record is kind of a massive, interstellar personal ad (complete with the recorded sound of a kiss! It's as if humanity decided to document all our best features and send them into space with this message: So dating apps are really the latest manifestation of human beings doing what we've always done -- create new tools to communicate and then turn around and use those tools to find love, sex and companionship.1695: The First Personal Ads According to history professor H. Cocks (seriously --The Best Name Ever for an academic) personal ads began as a way to help British bachelors find eligible wives.Every time we write about it we get a ton of comments claiming that we’re being unfair, that we don’t believe in true love and that we’re old fuddy duddies who aren’t getting any.Well, I can assure you, we’re none of those things, but we are definitely young women who are trying to look out for y’all."I think it's about the maturity," she relays, recommending that parents meet the person their son or daughter is dating to decide if both of them have enough maturity to handle the relationship."If you meet him and decide he is wonderful, she should be allowed to date him," she says.
Yeah, it’s such a faux pas to link to Wikipedia, but they have an extensive list of the age of consent in every single country/state/territory on the planet so there you go.
What is illegal is if one is a minor/below the age of consent and there is intimacy. In most of Europe the age of consent is 16 and below 18 a minor.
What the situation is in the US seems to rather depend on the laws of the State in question.
Statutory rape is probably–no, definitely–the most controversial topic for you, our readers.
Not something super divisive like abortion or feminism, statutory rape.