ORIGINS OF DATING Dating is definitely an "American phenomenon." Few other countries carry on this practice with as much fervor as Americans do.Then again, few other countries have the same social conditions as America.

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After the second World War, teenagers became much more noticeable in America (Bailey 47).

Their presence and existence became readily more apparent because they were granted more freedom than previous generations ever were. They were given a chance to redefine the ways things were done in America.

One of the conventions they put a new spin on, and consequently revolutionize, is the idea and practice of dating.

The 1950's set up precedents in dating that led to what many consider "normal" dating today.

Teenagers in the 1950's are so iconic that, for some, they represent the last generation of innocence before it is "lost" in the sixties.

When asked to imagine this lost group, images of bobbysoxers, letterman jackets, malt shops and sock hops come instantly to mind.

Images like these are so classic, they, for a number of people, are "as American as apple pie." They are produced and perpetuated by the media, through films like .

Because of these entertainment forums, these images will continue to be a pop cultural symbol of the 1950's.

Dating essentially replaced the practice of calling which was the primary way of courtship before the mid-1920's.