As we continue the history of dating series, we’ll discuss how younger marriages influenced dating in the 1950s and how baby-making defined this era.
Towards the late 1940s, marriage rates, most notably in America, reached peak levels. As author Beth Bailey notes in her book , “…the average age at marriage plummeted.
Then again, few other countries have the same social conditions as America.
Perhaps WWII made people cherish their loved ones even more, but people found security in relationships after a time of uncertainty.
One incentive for new variations was the rebelliousness of the time — teens didn’t want to dance like their parents who were actively disapproving of their lifestyle, so they invented a wide range of step and style replacements. Rock’n’roll simply called for different styles of dancing, some of which mirrored the strong backbeat of rock. This was called jitterbug, or swing, Lindy, the rock’n’roll, boogie-woogie or Bop.
The word Bop was new then so almost everything was called “the Bop,” but that word usually referred to a family of low swiveling Charleston-like steps danced in place, sometimes without a partner.
Suddenly teens from coast to coast were seeing and copying the way the kids in Philadelphia danced, and that regional style soon became a national dance style.In 1890, the average age at marriage had been 26.1 for men, 22 for women; by 1951 men were marrying at an average age of 22.6, women at 20.4.” Couples often married before finishing college.As we’ll soon discuss, practices such as pinning signified a commitment to get married.Right were the pioneers of modern dating and many self proclaimed experts followed suit.But before I try to summarize the (often very funny and useless) dating rules of today, I was interested in seeing how we got to these magical “formulas”-what popular advice did our grandparents and parents follow? 20s and 30s: Here is an excerpt of a dating guide in the 30s for women: That’s right – in the 20s and 30s it was still all about HIM.