Dating back in the days
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.The dating process usually is initiated by going out on double-dates.Double-dates were used to initiate the whole dating process because it created a more open environment conducive to easy conversation.Images like these are so classic, they, for a number of people, are "as American as apple pie." They are produced and perpetuated by the media, through films like .Because of these entertainment forums, these images will continue to be a pop cultural symbol of the 1950's.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).
In the fifties and surrounding decades, handbooks and other books exploring relationships described dating as a fun activity in which teens are allowed to meet and mingle with many members of the opposite sex.After all, most children know about dating long before they are actually ready to participate in it (Merrill 61).