Dating past 40
A young man might take a girl to a drive-in movie rather than spend an evening in the parlor with her family.
While no two accounts of dating history completely agree on the timeline for this change, most do agree that new technologies were linked to its cause.
Women's status was more closely tied to how others perceived them.
If they were seen with the right men and viewed as someone who was desired and dateable, they would achieve the desired social status.
The automobile especially afforded a young couple the opportunity to have time together away from parental constraints.
With the shift of courtship from the private to the public sphere, it took on a new goal; dating became a means to and indicator of popularity, especially in the collegiate environment.
In this format, dating became about competing for the potential mate with the highest social payoff.
On a campus in the late 1930s, a man's possession of a car or membership in a key fraternity might win him the attention of his female classmates.
The lower classes typically did not follow this system, focusing more on public meetings.However, the goal of the process was still focused on ending in a marriage.Around the 1920s, the landscape of courtship began to shift in favor of less formal, non-marriage focused rituals.Hooking up is unique for when and why the sexual encounter occurs: instead of building a relationship before initiating sexual acts (from kissing to intercourse), hooking up allows the participants to become intimate without the expectation of commitment.
Glenn and Marquardt's research shows the prominence of hooking up on modern-day college campuses; they found that approximately 40% of college women have participated in a hookup, with as many as 25% of that number having participated in this practice a minimum of six times.
The primary change in courtship rituals during this time was a shift from marriage to social status as the desired result.