Teenage girl dating
One of the conventions they put a new spin on, and consequently revolutionize, is the idea and practice of dating.
The 1950's set up precedents in dating that led to what many consider "normal" dating today.
First, when you are young, you associate with boys in the playground, and do not seriously form any romantic relationships with them.
Then you progress to flirting and talking to them which leads into dating.
So they initial shyness of young couple can be eased away by the presence of other company, especially if the double date was a "set-up" or a blind date for one couple.
After double dating, you would naturally move onto single dating.
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).
Both sexes become accustomed to the other at early ages which is very conducive to the practice of dating (Merrill 61).
Teenagers in the 1950's are so iconic that, for some, they represent the last generation of innocence before it is "lost" in the sixties.
When asked to imagine this lost group, images of bobbysoxers, letterman jackets, malt shops and sock hops come instantly to mind.
The dating process usually is initiated by going out on double-dates.
Double-dates were used to initiate the whole dating process because it created a more open environment conducive to easy conversation.People date because it is "enjoyable, pleasant, and valuable" (Merrill 62), and they thought that they could gain rewarding experiences from it.