The traditional rural household consisted of a man, his wife, his adult sons and their wives, and his young children and grandchildren.
On the death of the household head, this large household broke up into as many first-generation households as there were sons, each beginning the process again.
The former high death rate among adult men, the lack of living sons, and, very rarely, quarrels between generations made these large households a minority of all households at any one time.
Thus, although most villagers probably lived some part of their lives in such a household, most village households at any given time contained only parents and children, with perhaps other random relatives.
Dating is growing more common among university populations.