Custom dating 1920s

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In 1937, sociologist Willard Waller published a study in the .

His study of Penn State undergraduates detailed a "dating and rating" system based on very clear standards of popularity.

ORIGINS OF DATING Dating is definitely an "American phenomenon." Few other countries carry on this practice with as much fervor as Americans do.

However, by the turn of the 20th century we find the word being used to describe lower-class men and women going out socially to public dances, parties and other meeting places, primarily in urban centers where women had to share small apartments and did not have spacious front parlors in their homes to which to invite men to call.

The social and cultural features known as the Roaring Twenties began in leading metropolitan centers, then spread widely in the aftermath of World War I.

The United States gained dominance in world finance.

Harding brought back normalcy to the politics of the United States.

This era saw the large-scale use of automobiles, telephones, motion pictures, radio, and electric appliances. The economies saw rapid industrial growth, accelerated consumer demand, plus significant changes in lifestyle and culture.