The couple was rarely left alone, making sexual intimacy (and physical contact in general) nearly impossible.
Since lower-class families did not have the resources to entertain potential suitors in their home, many couples began leaving the house to spend time together.
People began to have more sexual encounters, due in large part to the newly acquired liberal attitudes that the birth control pill allowed.
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In the early days of dating, many LGBT couples had to keep their relationships a secret for fear of being public stigmatized.
For this reason, the history of dating tends to be quite different for the LGBT population.
Many young adults on college campuses began partying and experimenting with alcohol and psychedelic drugs in large groups.
This new crowd activity replaced the typical date night that existed in the past.
A new relationship style called "going steady" emerged.
Across university campuses, couples publicized their decision to "go steady" when the man gave the woman an article of his clothing to wear, such as a jacket, sweater, or ring.
Thus, the phrase "going out on a date" became popularized.