1920 s dating
Before that decade, a man courted the Woman of his Dreams in her home, under the watchful eye of her parents.
As Miss Manners pointed out when she was settling a who-should-pay-for-dinner question, that meant the girl’s parents provided whatever refreshments were appropriate, whereas in the twentieth century, the man paid for the date.
During the World War II era and continuing through the 1940s, young male adults in the United States were scarce.
The couple was rarely left alone, making sexual intimacy (and physical contact in general) nearly impossible.As the twentieth century progressed, many young members of the upper class grew to dislike the "calling" style of dating and started rebelling by going on dates as did members of the lower class.Dating became a common and more relaxed way to get to know another person, especially when the automobile was invented and widely consumed by the American public.The world of dating in America has changed dramatically over the last century.Some may argue that in today's society, it is nonexistent and has been replaced by what many young people refer to as "hooking up." With the advent of new technologies (e.g., cell phones, instant messaging, video chatting, etc.) and the changing definitions of traditional dating and families, "dating" has become a more open and self-interpreted institution over the century.