Dating and marriage in the 1920s
The world of dating in America has changed dramatically over the last century.Some may argue that in today's society, it is nonexistent and has been replaced by what many young people refer to as "hooking up." With the advent of new technologies (e.g., cell phones, instant messaging, video chatting, etc.) and the changing definitions of traditional dating and families, "dating" has become a more open and self-interpreted institution over the century.Throughout history, men and women have faced the traditional need to find love and fill their homes with the children and wealth that can best be produced by a great marriage.At the very least the marriage should look great in public.It is important to note that many of these mainstream rituals were strictly confined to heterosexual dating.
Thereafter, informality grew and waned based on the economy and social norms of four generations.
The courtship experience and ideals of those who grew up before World War II were profoundly different from those of teenagers in the postwar years, and the differences created much intergenerational conflict.
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.
Young people of the 1920s, characterized by the free spirited "flapper," experienced more sexual exploration than their predecessors.
They embraced psychologist Sigmund Freud's 1920 Theory of the Libido that emphasized sexual experimentation as a natural human need.