Such phenomena as hooking up and lavaliering are widely prominent among university and college students.
Before the 1920s, the primary reason for courting someone was to begin the path to marriage.
The date, which had previously been the public courting method for the lower class, was adopted by young adults across the upper and middle classes.
Meetings between lovers began to be more distant from rigid parental supervision.
In this format, dating became about competing for the potential mate with the highest social payoff.
On a campus in the late 1930s, a man's possession of a car or membership in a key fraternity might win him the attention of his female classmates.