Dating in 1950 s
Due to this connection with the lower class, the practice was initially mistrusted by parents, but dating quickly replaced calling as the favored model of romance.
Reputation was also an essential form of social currency that required intimate guarding.
This consisted of men and women attempting to construct the appearance of desirability, a feat which was accomplished by different means based on gender: Males’ reputations depended on their ability to create an impression of wealth, while the reputation of females was based on the ability to secure the interest of popular men.
A woman had to secure a large number of dates with attractive men; if she was unable to, or if she chose to exclusively date one man, her social “ratings” would suffer.
In this system, dating and marriage were viewed as two very separate entities, with marriage marking the graduation from youth into adulthood.
World War II initiated a paradigm shift that deeply impacted the way American society approached dating.