Dating in the 1960s
Forty years before Mark Zuckerberg came up with Facebook, a few Harvard students created Operation Match, the precursor to online dating.
The New Yorker reports that in 1965, Lewis Altfest, a 25-year-old accountant, and his friend Robert Ross, a computer programmer for IBM, then made their own version: Project TACT (Technical Automated Compatibility Testing) for young New Yorkers living on the Upper East Side.
Images like these are so classic, they, for a number of people, are "as American as apple pie." They are produced and perpetuated by the media, through films like .
Because of these entertainment forums, these images will continue to be a pop cultural symbol of the 1950's.
After the second World War, teenagers became much more noticeable in America (Bailey 47).
Might as well start with a solvent problem child, like say someone with liquid assets.’ Blind dates Not the sort of blind dates you would expect, but ‘taking a chance on the voice who has dialled your phone number by mistake.’ That’s correct. Since most phone calls these days seem to be automated messages about PPI rather than men sounding like Laurence Olivier, we’re not sure you’ll have much luck with this in 2014.
The two would spend time together, usually with the supervision of her parents so that they may get to know each other on an intellectual and emotional level.
The couple was rarely left alone, making sexual intimacy (and physical contact in general) nearly impossible.
The world of dating in America has changed dramatically over the last century.
Some may argue that in today's society, it is nonexistent and has been replaced by what many young people refer to as "hooking up." With the advent of new technologies (e.g., cell phones, instant messaging, video chatting, etc.) and the changing definitions of traditional dating and families, "dating" has become a more open and self-interpreted institution over the century.
So last week we learnt that men in the 1940s wanted women to stem their vulgar talk in bed and start shutting the bathroom door when they went for a wee after sex. In what might become a new regular here on Now we’re not convinced that this is the best place to try unless you’re into Pete Doherty types, but Gurley Brown’s mate picked up a great bloke at the Beverly Hills chapter meeting.