Before the war, "going steady" was a stage young people took only if they were seriously on the path to marriage; however, after the war, the phrase was used more loosely.
It no longer signaled that the couple was marriageable and ready to commit (Bailey 49).
Besides, dating allowed young people to be with each other without their parents interfering.
Secondly, the control of the relationship changed hands as the transition was made.
Calling and dating are so intrinsically different it is hard to imagine how the transition from one to another was even made.
Firstly, calling was practiced with the intention of finding a suitable husband for a young lady; whereas, in dating, this was, and still is, not the primary goal.
Refreshments were often served (though not always), and the entertainment was primarily piano playing in the parlor.People date because it is "enjoyable, pleasant, and valuable" (Merrill 62), and they thought that they could gain rewarding experiences from it.In the fifties and surrounding decades, handbooks and other books exploring relationships described dating as a fun activity in which teens are allowed to meet and mingle with many members of the opposite sex.Dating had actually been around for a while before the 1950's, but since the presence of the teenager became ever more prevalent and public, dating became more and more popular and routinized.Millions of teenagers in the 1950's went on one or more dates per week. If a girl of thirteen years had not started dating yet, she was considered a "late bloomer" by societies standards (Bailey 48).