Dating rituals of men
At that time, there was no such thing as just two young lovers "going out on a date." However, this began to change in the early years of the 20th century, when couples began to go out together in public and unsupervised.
Still, the ultimate and very apparent goal was still that of marriage.
According to the University of California, Santa Barbara, "Across university campuses, couples publicized their decision to 'go steady' when the man gave the woman an article of his clothing to wear, such as a jacket, sweater, or ring." Dating had become much more about youth culture than about family expectations.
The way in which two people experienced sexuality when dating also shifted.
If the '50s saw young people starting to experiment with sex, the '60s was the resulting explosion of sexual activity in the name of freedom.
For a long time, sex was either not discussed or seen as a kind of enemy — a destroyer of young girl's reputations.
Between the popularization of rock 'n' roll, and protesting the Vietnam War, 1960s youth culture was hot for revolution.
Not only was it the activities of the US government that young people were resisting, but they were shirking old social conventions as well.
In previous years, love was not seen as being of central importance to a marriage, and if it was to come it would emerge after the wedding had already occurred.
Some people look back fondly on dating, generations ago, with romantic ideas of greater morality and better values.
Others think that with all of the online apps and matchmaking websites we have today, it's never been easier to play the field.
If a young man was interested in a young woman, he would follow the proper protocol of calling upon her, which meant that he would come to the family's home and (hopefully) be welcomed into their parlor.
If he was invited back for subsequent visits, he would be free to come and call upon the young woman during hours specified by her parents.
The era's fiction frequently drew on love themes, while articles, essays, and public orations stressed mutual respect, reciprocity, and romance as ingredients of good marriages.