Dating in the 1950s
And when you have reeled someone in, how best to play it? Had enough of your friends parroting the same old dating clichés at you? In 1937, sociologist Willard Waller published a study in the .His study of Penn State undergraduates detailed a "dating and rating" system based on very clear standards of popularity.
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.They either had to talk in person or call their date’s home phone, risking the awkwardness of a parent answering.The actual act of going on a date has not changed much over time. The method was developed by Willard Libby in the late 1940s and soon became a standard tool for archaeologists.
Libby received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in 1960.
Finding the love of your life - or even just someone who'll do for now - can be a nightmare sometimes.