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.

When calling was practiced, the female in the relationship held most of the power because men came to see house with her parents present.

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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.

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.

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.

First, when you are young, you associate with boys in the playground, and do not seriously form any romantic relationships with them.

Then you progress to flirting and talking to them which leads into dating.

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.