How dating has changed since 1940
In the 1950s, the median age for women marrying for the first time was about 21 while the median age for men was about 23.In 2010, these numbers had risen to 26 for women and 28 for men – and they’ve continued to rise since then (source).A “meet cute” is a scene in which a future romantic couple meets for the very first time, so let’s look at the ways in which couples have met before dating: then and now.
It seems that people will always find mates through their friends and enjoy getting to know a potential partner over dinner and a movie.
Finally, in the past, a woman would typically introduce her date to her parents before they left for the evening.
These days, “meeting the parents” often indicates that the relationship is quite serious, so couples might date for months before meeting each other’s families._____For many people, the goal of dating is to find someone to marry, so we thought we’d sum up this look at by looking at the approximate median age of men and women marrying for the first time.
It is important to note that historically many of these mainstream rituals were strictly confined to heterosexual dating.
In the early days of dating, many century America was all social capital, decorum, and familial oversight.