Dating has become a recreational activity for many people. They do it for fun, with no intentions of marriage. But such a loose approach is the exact opposite of the principles necessary for the eventual development of a Christian home.
Here's a piece I wrote when I was working at an educational institution in the late 1980's. Although written specifically with the high standards of a school in mind, the theory is applicable to anyone who wants to follow a safe course in finding a lifelong husband or wife.