1950s dating customs

by  |  17-Aug-2014 19:17

It is important to note that many of these mainstream rituals were strictly confined to heterosexual dating.

During this period, a couple's dating hisory was typically defined as the period of time two people spend together (in an exclusive or nearly exclusive, nonsexual relationship) before marriage.

However, in today's society, dating can be seen as its own social relationship, with no ending point or specific destination (such as marriage) required.

Women would only accept date invitations from men with money and gifts and tried to refrain from being seen with the same boy too often.

The dating scene among college students was very competitive: in the first half of the twentieth century, American universities were overwhelminingly populated by men, who sometimes had to fight for dates with the most desired female students.

This time period is said to mark the end of the dating era, and the beginning of the "hookup" culture.

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