How the economy shapes our love lives

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  • Published on:  Thursday, February 22, 2018
  • Dating in the US has been around for 100 years and it’s always been tied to the economy.

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    It may seem like the way we date is dictated by things like love and affection but it’s actually driven by something far less romantic: the economy.

    Dating as we know it didn’t really start until the Industrial Revolution when young people left farms and small towns to flock to cities for work. They got jobs in factories, bars, and restaurants and being away from their families for the first time offered them the freedom to mix and match with other young people.

    Ever since then the way single people have gotten together has been dictated by the ups and downs of the economy in the United States. We talk to Harvard’s Moira Weigel, author of “The Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating” about how our woes about dating are nothing new, they’ve been around since people starting pairing off. is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out

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  • Vox

     (Feb 22, 2018)

    Ever wonder how this symbol ♥ came to symbolize a heart? We made a video about it.

  • Christopher Wai

     (Jun 1, 2018)

    I'm sorry Dean. This is a great video, but what you say and and what the graph shows at 1:55 contradict each other. It was kinda upsetting enough that I couldn't focus on the rest of the video.

  • Prince Blake

     (Feb 22, 2018)

    "Land holdings in the south of France" hahahahahahahah

  • Darkshaflodi

     (Jan 23, 2019)

    "someone from a long line of European nobility" HAHA

  • Paddy L.

     (Oct 24, 2018)


  • Science with Katie

     (Feb 22, 2018)

    Dating definitely sucks 🤦🏻‍♀️I love these videos, they're always so well done!

  • Arvind Talukdar

     (19 minutes ago)

    The alternative is being single in perpetuity or with someone you dislike. Dating is work. It’s like saving into a stock market. It’s risky but necessary.

  • Drift Junkie

     (4 hours ago)

    But showing your cleavage to an inanimate object (camera) doesn't...

  • manasi

     (Feb 22, 2018)

    Should have uploaded this on Valentine's day

  • Neptunes 29

     (17 hours ago)

    This video was recommended to me on Valentine's day


     (Feb 22, 2018)

    Maybe they actually intended for this video to be published on Valentines day but somebody messed up something.

  • Feynstein 100

     (Feb 22, 2018)

    And on the flipside, we've got otakus and incels on reddit. Technology is amazing. :)

  • Moses

     (May 31, 2018)

    Jesus this thread is gold.

  • planesrift

     (Feb 22, 2018)

    Joke's on you Vox! I don't have a love life! Ha ha!

  • Poop Brain

     (Feb 24, 2018)


  • Arunima Tiwari

     (Feb 22, 2018)

    Tactical Antics I love that meme so much

  • Our Founding Liars

     (Feb 22, 2018)

    That’s fine VOX, but how about a video explaining how the Reptilian Shapeshifters shape our economy to begin with, thus shaping our love life and initiating some form of selective breeding. Idk what I’m talking about. Keep asking questions

  • Soviet Loli

     (Aug 6, 2018)

    You're not even wrong. That's neoliberalism for you: Even social relations have to imitate capitalism.

  • Real Laundry Sauce

     (Feb 22, 2018)

    You believe in furries?

  • chico

     (Feb 22, 2018)

    She graduated with lil pump? Damm I didn’t know that.

  • Haag Johnson

     (Aug 18, 2018)

    I thought the joke was that lil pump dropped out of Harvard?

  • Todd Hårig

     (Apr 3, 2018)

    Smart guy making dumb music. Interesting.

  • airplainchild

     (Feb 22, 2018)

    I just met someone on an app a few weeks ago and we hung out for the first time yesterday.He's broke, I'm broke. He's completely himself and so am I, and we really like each other. That freaking never happens.

  • Abebil3

     (Feb 22, 2018)

    The author is clearly enjoying her work to the fullest extent.