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.
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.
A new relationship style called "going steady" emerged.
Across university campuses, couples publicized their decision to "go steady" when the man gave the woman an article of his clothing to wear, such as a jacket, sweater, or ring.
In the early days of dating, many LGBT couples had to keep their relationships a secret for fear of being public stigmatized.
For this reason, the history of dating tends to be quite different for the LGBT population.
During this period, a couple's dating hisory was typically defined as the period of time two people spend together (in an exclusive or nearly exclusive, nonsexual relationship) before marriage.
In the first decade of the twentieth century, men "called upon" young women whom they fancied by (with the permission of her parents) visiting her home.
The two would spend time together, usually with the supervision of her parents so that they may get to know each other on an intellectual and emotional level.
Beginning in the late 1960s, the Women's Movement enforced the idea that women, like men, were sexual beings who had desires and the right to receive pleasure.
All of these factors united to create an atmosphere that appreciated sex and all of its benefits.