It's true that dating has probably become less common on college campuses since the 1950s—or at least the Archie Comics version of dating where a boy and a girl sip a milkshake together through two straws.
Instead college kids have discovered an even better way to find a significant other.
Teens’ dancing during the 1950s was widely varied in steps and styling.
By the mid-1800s a shortage of women in the rapidly-expanding West forced men to place ads like this one, which appeared in an Arkansas newspaper: "Any gal that got a bed, calico dress, coffee pot and skillet, knows how to cut out britches and can make a hunting shirt, knows how to take care of children can have my services till death do us part." Practical life demanded less romance and more of what a woman could bring to the marriage.
Flash forward to the 20th century where romance played an increasingly important role in dating.
Many colleges enforced strict policies governing dormitory visitations including no co-ed visitations past pm, all dormitory doors were to be propped open with a shoe, and three of the couple's legs had to be on the ground at all times (I'm not even joking! Contrary to the function of dating in previous generations, today's adolescents typically view dating as a means to enhance their socialization and entertainment.
A new phenomenon is emerging in high schools and colleges as teens are drifting away from the formal dating rituals from decades since past and are ‘hooking-up'.
Professor Kerry Cronin argues that the exercise will teach college kids ingrained in the so-called "hookup culture" the lost art of dating.
Well I'm here to inform that professor that we 20-somethings don't need help, thank you very much.
But, according to historian Elaine Tyler May, this idea is largely a myth.
As May explained to a Stanford audience, the pill’s impact on the sexual revolution is unclear.
One incentive for new variations was the rebelliousness of the time — teens didn’t want to dance like their parents who were actively disapproving of their lifestyle, so they invented a wide range of step and style replacements. Rock’n’roll simply called for different styles of dancing, some of which mirrored the strong backbeat of rock. This was called jitterbug, or swing, Lindy, the rock’n’roll, boogie-woogie or Bop.