On the girl’s side, it was polite to give an immediate answer – no hemming and hawing about it.While asking for permission from the girl’s parents was the respectful thing to do, it wasn’t the end all be all, as it would have been in the 30s and 40s.When phones were picked up, the situation was much like it had been in previous decades, as the guy would have to call a landline and make chitchat with whoever picked up first.Throughout the first decade of the 2000s, cell phones and speedy internet connections became mainstream for most teens.
In the 1970s, second wave feminism was going strong, making it even more likely for women to do the asking.
With the rise of the entertainment culture, with its movie houses and dance halls and their universal appeal across class lines, dating quickly moved up the socio-economic ladder to include middle- and upper-class men and women, as well as the new urbanites.
When one tries to understand how dating has changed over time, and most importantly, how we arrived at the system of courtship and dating we have today, one must realize the monumental cultural shift that occurred during the 1940s, primarily due to World War II.
The casual nature of relationships meant that asking a girl out no longer had as much to do with getting yourself onto the marriage track.
As in the 50s and 60s, asking a girl out usually happened over the phone, which meant having to make small talk with her parents.