Dating during the 1940 s
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.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.
When asked to imagine this lost group, images of bobbysoxers, letterman jackets, malt shops and sock hops come instantly to mind.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.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.