Scarcity was a common theme, and this mindset may have impacted dating life in this decade as well.
Competitive dating, or “The Rating and Dating Complex” (by sociologist Willard Waller) dominated youth culture.
Mary Mc Coomb wrote in her book, Dating had become a full-fledged public affair.
As you’ll recall from A Dating Tradition Worth Bringing Back?
Remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, and it could even be harmful. Not for the squeamish, this fad has reportedly been around since the dawn of the 20th century.
13-15 million workers lost their jobs at the height of The Great Depression in 1933., courtship took place in parlor rooms and under parental supervision before the 1920s. But, once dating went public, along with the proliferation of media (radio, magazines, movies, and books), young people heard from others about what was “in.” , “from the late 1930s on, young people knew, down to the percentage point, what their peers throughout the country thought and did.” Perception and appearance became everything.As Beth Bailey, author of The concept of dating value had nothing to do with the interpersonal experience of a date–whether or not the boy (or girl, for that matter) was fun or charming or brilliant was irrelevant. Having a “good line” meant the young gentleman had to exhibit passion and personality to gain a girl’s attention.For this reason, the history of dating tends to be quite different for the LGBT population.In the first decade of the twentieth century, men "called upon" young women whom they fancied by (with the permission of her parents) visiting her home.