The world of dating in America has changed dramatically over the last century.
Since lower-class families did not have the resources to entertain potential suitors in their home, many couples began leaving the house to spend time together.
Thus, the phrase "going out on a date" became popularized.
During the World War II era and continuing through the 1940s, young male adults in the United States were scarce.
As a result of the mandatory draft, most of them were overseas fighting the war—many of whom never returned.
During this period, a couple's dating hisory was typically defined as the period of time two people spend together (in an exclusive or nearly exclusive, nonsexual relationship) before marriage.
However, in today's society, dating can be seen as its own social relationship, with no ending point or specific destination (such as marriage) required.Across university campuses, couples publicized their decision to "go steady" when the man gave the woman an article of his clothing to wear, such as a jacket, sweater, or ring.In both "going steady" and "dating" relationships in the 1940s and 1950s (unlike those of previous generations), peers had a much larger influence on the relationship than did the family.As the twentieth century progressed, young couples were more likely to partake in premarital sex within the context of committed relationships.Around the mid-1960s and in conjunction with the Women's Movement and the emergence of the birth control pill, a sexual revolution began.For this reason, the history of dating tends to be quite different for the LGBT population.