...And what [i]is[/i] traditional dating? Prior to WWII, traditional dating meant going out on a series of dates, with a chaperon, in public settings. In the late 18th/early 19th C, well, all you have to do is read [u]Emma[/u] to understand some of the complexities of dating in that era. In the 18th C, there was the whole language of the fan (myhandfan.com which is sort of like text messaging before there was text messaging. Also, don't forget, there were plenty of bethrothals where you never met your spouse until you were wed - common still in some parts of the world.
So, the idea of "tradtional" dating is just nostolzia for something that never really existed. Life has always been complicated - we just find new ways to complicate it further.