After the second World War, teenagers became much more noticeable in America (Bailey 47).
Their presence and existence became readily more apparent because they were granted more freedom than previous generations ever were. They were given a chance to redefine the ways things were done in America.
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.
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.
It no longer signaled that the couple was marriageable and ready to commit (Bailey 49).
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.
Dating had actually been around for a while before the 1950's, but since the presence of the teenager became ever more prevalent and public, dating became more and more popular and routinized.
Millions of teenagers in the 1950's went on one or more dates per week. If a girl of thirteen years had not started dating yet, she was considered a "late bloomer" by societies standards (Bailey 48).