During this period, a couple's dating hisory was typically defined as the period of time two people spend together (in an exclusive or nearly exclusive, nonsexual relationship) before marriage.However, in today's society, dating can be seen as its own social relationship, with no ending point or specific destination (such as marriage) required.During the World War II era and continuing through the 1940s, young male adults in the United States were scarce.As a result of the mandatory draft, most of them were overseas fighting the war—many of whom never returned.For this reason, the history of dating tends to be quite different for the LGBT population.
A new relationship style called "going steady" emerged.
The two would spend time together, usually with the supervision of her parents so that they may get to know each other on an intellectual and emotional level.
The couple was rarely left alone, making sexual intimacy (and physical contact in general) nearly impossible.
The world of dating in America has changed dramatically over the last century.
Some may argue that in today's society, it is nonexistent and has been replaced by what many young people refer to as "hooking up." With the advent of new technologies (e.g., cell phones, instant messaging, video chatting, etc.) and the changing definitions of traditional dating and families, "dating" has become a more open and self-interpreted institution over the century.