Finally, they were able to get out from under their parents' thumb to enjoy activities with those they found attractive.
First dates would include attending a dance or hitting up an amusement park, often in a fast car.
Courtship, to put it in old-timey terms, then became a part of the mating process. As history shows us, dating didn't really exist before the 19th century, at least not in the United States.
Back then, many marriages were facilitated by parents with the goal of finding their child a spouse that could physically help in maintaining the family home or bear children.
First dates often happened after the guy called the girl on the phone, as the charmingly bumbling video above demonstrates.
But there's a ton of in between; as psychologist Goal Auzeen Saedi, Ph.
Between the pressure of who's going to pay, how to keep the conversation going and whether or not the night will end in sex, the moving pieces all make it a less than appealing way to spend your evening.