As late as the 1920s, it was considered unorthodox for a young couple to meet without familial supervision in a tightly controlled structure.
Compared with the possibilities offered by modern communications technology and the relative freedom of young adults, today's dating scene is vastly different.
The primary change in courtship rituals during this time was a shift from marriage to social status as the desired result.
Before the 1920s, the primary reason for courting someone was to begin the path to marriage.
The date, which had previously been the public courting method for the lower class, was adopted by young adults across the upper and middle classes.
Meetings between lovers began to be more distant from rigid parental supervision.
Lavaliering is a "pre-engagement" engagement that is a tradition in the Greek life of college campuses.
Since fraternities and sororities do not occur much outside of the United States, this occurs, for the most part, only in the US.
College dating is the set of behaviors and phenomena centered on the seeking out and the maintenance of romantic relationships in a university setting.
It has unique properties that only occur, or occur most frequently, in a campus setting.
Women's status was more closely tied to how others perceived them.