dating-evolutionThe evolution of dating is quite interesting. Who would have ever thought that dating can be traced back to the oldest and most illicit profession of all time? According to the origins of dating leads us right back to an era where intimacy is a service. There’s no doubt that this kind of social interaction between a man a woman is one of the most mysterious but exciting encounter.

But how did dating evolve into something romantic? How did something so illicit evolve into a norm? Nerve has mapped out the intriguing evolution of dating, showing all the various terms and ways of dating in each era.


Calling was the term used for dating during the early 1920s. During this time, men and women socialized with each other in a parlor or in a ball. Women were chaperoned but these kind of social gatherings gradually disappeared.


Soon as the chaperoned social gatherings disappeared in the early 20s, a new kind of socializing came about. Termed as treating, this particular kind of socializing was between a successful man and a working class girl. In this kind of social interaction, the working class girl is entailed to pay back the favor for being treated out. Hence in return, she shows gratitude by providing some physical intimacy to the man.


Somewhere between the the late 1920s and the Second World War, the term dating came about. During this time, a girl’s popularity was based on how she could fill out the social calendars of the boys. Interestingly, a girl’s calendar must be posted publicly so that her popularity is properly gauged and monitored. Talk about pressure….

Going Steady

During the Second World War, teenagers were dating promiscuously. But with men being drafted for the War, women were pressured (again) to find their Mr. Right. This encouraged men and women to concentrate on just one partner. Hence, the phrase “going steady” came about.

By the late 1960s, women married shortly after going steady. This was also the era where going steady was represented by certain tokens like jackets and rings.

Sexual Revolution

The going steady era evolved into the sexual revolution in the 1960s. But the sexual revolution was less constrained to the dating rituals of the past eras. Instead, the teens in this particular era interacted in a less traditional manner. But still, the sexual revolution encouraged men and women to find and to stick to just one partner.

Hooking Up

Nowadays, dating is referred to as a manner of “hooking up” with each other. With the onset of the digital age where it’s very easy to communicate with just anybody, hooking up has become a more convenient term and manner to meet and socialize with the opposite sex.

The kind of social interaction here varies. Hooking up can be a simple face-to-face conversation or maybe something more intimate than that. But nonetheless, it still strives to seek for that perfect partner.

Dating has truly evolved into a romantic haven for men and women. But it has surely traveled a long, long road. Who knows how it can turn out in a couple of years to come.