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.Teenagers in the 1950's are so iconic that, for some, they represent the last generation of innocence before it is "lost" in the sixties.
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.
Dating essentially replaced the practice of calling which was the primary way of courtship before the mid-1920's.
When a man "calls" upon a woman, he usually shows up at her house during an "at home" session and presents his card to the maid who then gives it to the young lady.
One of the conventions they put a new spin on, and consequently revolutionize, is the idea and practice of dating.
The 1950's set up precedents in dating that led to what many consider "normal" dating today.
And should the relationship move on, as they often do, it would move into the ubiquitous "going steady" stage (Mc Ginnis 74).