Dating for most people is a serious affair though dating is considered a form of social sport. In traditional societies, people date through references of friends and relatives to be on safer side. There are several choices if you want to go to a public place like a restaurant or café or a more private venue. Being a large state which has not seen a large influx of expatriate workers dating is still arranged by parents and married friends. singles (in Finnish = sinkut) also have the option of trying out clubs exclusively for them and online dating sites or social networking sites.
Dating is not the reserved prerogative of young people and does not have age barriers. If one browses through online dating websites one can see details of middle aged and older folks looking for romance and companionship. Since decisions affecting one’s life cannot be taken in haste dating among middle aged people is done several times over a period of time before taking the plunge into matrimony. First impression usually creates a strong impact and on a first date people try to be in their best clothing and behavior. For teenagers going on their first date (in Finnish = treffit) the common choice is movies or night clubs.
Though parents try to deter children from dating at a young age they cannot stop them. This tradition of fear has grown so much that one university in the state banned interracial dating in early 2000 due to large influx of foreign students. A growing problem among students dating is that there is a lack of male students. This makes women aggressive during dating and they try to make men commit to relationship within few meetings. Though there are free and payment dating sites people prefer the latter since traditionally serious folks will be available on them. Older people prefer dating venues which are less crowded and have a good ambience. Their dates are usually a combination of movie or theater followed by leisurely talk over dinner. During dating people follow their instincts to gauge their partners and first date sets the tone for further meetings or end of relationship.