Dating had actually been around for a while before the 1950's, but since the presence of the teenager became ever more prevalent and public, dating became more and more popular and routinized.
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).
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).
So they initial shyness of young couple can be eased away by the presence of other company, especially if the double date was a "set-up" or a blind date for one couple.
After double dating, you would naturally move onto single dating.
She then is given the option of accepting his call by letting him in or rejecting it by making up an excuse as to why she cannot see him.
Because of these entertainment forums, these images will continue to be a pop cultural symbol of the 1950's.When calling was practiced, the female in the relationship held most of the power because men came to see house with her parents present.But when dating replaced calling, the males held most of the power, for they paid for the date, drove the automobiles, and came by the girl's house only to pick her up.People date because it is "enjoyable, pleasant, and valuable" (Merrill 62), and they thought that they could gain rewarding experiences from it.In the fifties and surrounding decades, handbooks and other books exploring relationships described dating as a fun activity in which teens are allowed to meet and mingle with many members of the opposite sex.And should the relationship move on, as they often do, it would move into the ubiquitous "going steady" stage (Mc Ginnis 74).GOING STEADY This concept of "going steady" took on a new meaning in the fifties.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.ORIGINS OF DATING Dating is definitely an "American phenomenon." Few other countries carry on this practice with as much fervor as Americans do.Then again, few other countries have the same social conditions as America.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.One of the conventions they put a new spin on, and consequently revolutionize, is the idea and practice of dating.