Technology and Courtship

Source: David Friedman’s Substack
by David Friedman

“A recent piece in the Babylon Bee described a Tradwife as a newly invented product and considered the advantages and disadvantages of buying one: ‘Pro: She homeschools, so your kids are always around you … Con: She homeschools, so your kids are ALWAYS around you.’ It was an entertaining piece but ignored what many men would consider a significant negative — the unwillingness to accept the ‘try before you buy’ approach to courtship. That got me thinking about the costs and benefits of alternative social rules on the subject and the effect of relevant technologies on their costs and benefits.” (11/19/23)