Teens dating traditions
Report broken link The History of Girls' School Stories An interesting article about the rise of schools for girls and how education in a school setting created a period of transition between childhood and adulthood for older girls, with different clothes, different literature, and different attitudes. A friend of mine, a fellow European, summarized how relationships on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean work in a comical, but also pretty accurate way: “In America, the girl is Barbie and the guy is Ken.Love is found, and dismissed, very casually and almost according to the preferences of the particular day.I could hardly find anyone who wasn’t in a relationship and who wasn’t engaged in some serious PDA all over the place, complete with holding hands, wearing matching clothes, constantly uploading a super-couple-y profile picture on Facebook and so on.Experimentation with sexual behaviors before marriage became increasingly common.Young Americans were now able to look beyond their own small towns at an enlarged dating pool.The boy would meet the girl's parents, they would have a sitting in the parlor, followed by dinner with the entire family.
But aside from visual aspects, girls in the States expect to live their lives like Barbie in her dreamhouse, with her super-manly successful boyfriend. But while these expectations are high, I often find that putting guys on a pedestal and doing anything in order to get their attention is a big part of getting to this ultimate goal.Dating was removed from the watchful eyes of anxious parents.Teenagers were given privacy, and a sexual revolution swept America.American adolescents were displaying traits unknown among children and adults.Although the word teenager did not come into use until decades later, the teenage mindset dawned in the 1920s.