Scarcity was a common theme, and this mindset may have impacted dating life in this decade as well.
Competitive dating, or “The Rating and Dating Complex” (by sociologist Willard Waller) dominated youth culture.
The lower classes, however, often times did not have the actual space to entertain potential suitors and therefore often met outside the home, popularizing the concept of “going on a date.” However, the devastation of WWI paired with other economic and social upheavals such as Prohibition, the women’s rights movement and the Great Depression brought a change in some of the more strict rules surrounding many societal norms, dating and courtship included.
The concept of “calling upon” a girl by the upper classes began to give way to the “dating” practices of the middle and lower classes, which involved getting to know each other at a movie or a dance.
Mary Mc Coomb wrote in her book, Dating had become a full-fledged public affair.
As you’ll recall from A Dating Tradition Worth Bringing Back?
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