Dating in 1990 2016
After all, most children know about dating long before they are actually ready to participate in it (Merrill 61).
COURTING IN THE 1950's During the 1950's, it was common knowledge, at least to girls, that there was a process to the whole courtship ritual -- that there were stages to a lasting relationship.
The dating process usually is initiated by going out on double-dates.
Double-dates were used to initiate the whole dating process because it created a more open environment conducive to easy conversation.
First, when you are young, you associate with boys in the playground, and do not seriously form any romantic relationships with them.
Then you progress to flirting and talking to them which leads into dating.
Before the war, "going steady" was a stage young people took only if they were seriously on the path to marriage; however, after the war, the phrase was used more loosely.
It no longer signaled that the couple was marriageable and ready to commit (Bailey 49).
Millions of teenagers in the 1950's went on one or more dates per week. If a girl of thirteen years had not started dating yet, she was considered a "late bloomer" by societies standards (Bailey 48).
Besides, dating allowed young people to be with each other without their parents interfering.
Secondly, the control of the relationship changed hands as the transition was made.
Since the turn of the century, there has been a greater freedom between men and women, for example, both attend the same schools with the same classes.
Both sexes become accustomed to the other at early ages which is very conducive to the practice of dating (Merrill 61).