That used to be the way people did things. You spent a lot of time with somebody before you made a firm commitment. Of course that was to make sure you were right for each other and the other person wasn't a(n) [fill-in-favorite-expletive].
On Head-Fi it's more like:
Person 1: "She's an absolute [beep]!" or "He's a totally unappreciative [beep]!"
Person 2: "I thought that, too, until I was with my date for 300+ hours. Night and day difference."
Person 1: "Okay, I'll stick with them. Um, does it matter what I wear? I mean, will that make a difference?"
Person 2: "Of course! If you don't wear a 100% silk shirt/dress that costs at least $1,000, they'll be terrible. And you have to buy a $200 bottle of wine, too. Costco brand won't show you even a fraction of their potential."
Person 3: "Um...maybe they're just not that good? How can what clothes you wear and what wine you buy them make them into a good person if they're rotten to begin with?"
Person 2: "How many expensive clothes and wines have you tried?! Probably none. You just can't afford it, or maybe you can't appreciate the difference! I did it and it made a world of difference! Silk and expensive wine are totally worth it. I noticed a warmer personality, more attention to detail on the part of my date the next time they saw me, and their lower end was tighter and less flabby, too!"
Person 3: *sigh* All right, not gonna argue.
Person 2: "Person 1, listen to me. This guy/girl is the best date ever, but if you're not willing to put the effort and money into supporting the relationship...
And the punchline is... (Click to show)
...I recommend the M50.