How long dating before steady
Sometimes doing nothing is better than doing too much, or too little.Part 1: A Brief History of Dating and Courtship in America Let’s turn our attention now to “dating” and the “date” itself. How did it become such an important part of our courtship system? According to cultural historian Beth Bailey, the word was probably originally used as a lower-class slang word for booking an appointment with a prostitute.Ok, so this guy says wait three months for exclusive.But I don't really like waiting three months to say "yo, wana go steady".However, by the turn of the 20th century we find the word being used to describe lower-class men and women going out socially to public dances, parties and other meeting places, primarily in urban centers where women had to share small apartments and did not have spacious front parlors in their homes to which to invite men to call.
Men’s popularity needed outward material signs: automobile, clothing, fraternity membership, money, etc.However, the most striking change in postwar courtship and dating was the ever-earlier age at which children and teenagers entered the courtship and dating system.If the average age of first marriages was dropping (around age 18 for women and 20 for men) then the preparation for marriage — the shopping around, if you will — had to begin much earlier than that.Beth Bailey and Ken Myers explain in the Mars Hill Audio Report, , demonstrated through the number and variety of dates a young adult could command, sometimes even on the same night.In the late 1940s, Margaret Mead, in describing this pre-war dating system, argued that dating was not about sex or marriage.