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.
People date because it is "enjoyable, pleasant, and valuable" (Merrill 62), and they thought that they could gain rewarding experiences from it.
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 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.
But because the lower classes were not so well-endowed so that they own pianos or even parlors, they started their own form of "courtship" which soon became known as dating.
This practice was soon picked up by the upper classes, and from there it progressed into the middle class, with which it is still inherently associated today (Bailey 17).
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.
Refreshments were often served (though not always), and the entertainment was primarily piano playing in the parlor.
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.
One of the conventions they put a new spin on, and consequently revolutionize, is the idea and practice of dating.