Dating and sexual relationships
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.
Now with their own modes of transportation and much more freedom, young people began going out to restaurants or to the cinema to have fun, instead of having lengthy discussions with the woman's parents.
As a result of the mandatory draft, most of them were overseas fighting the war—many of whom never returned.
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Some may argue that in today's society, it is nonexistent and has been replaced by what many young people refer to as "hooking up."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.
As the twentieth century progressed, many young members of the upper class grew to dislike the "calling" style of dating and started rebelling by going on dates as did members of the lower class.
Dating became a common and more relaxed way to get to know another person, especially when the automobile was invented and widely consumed by the American public.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.