Teenagers in the 1950's are so iconic that, for some, they represent the last generation of innocence before it is "lost" in the sixties.

When asked to imagine this lost group, images of bobbysoxers, letterman jackets, malt shops and sock hops come instantly to mind.

After the second World War, teenagers became much more noticeable in America (Bailey 47).

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After the 1960s, the proportion of young people engaging in premarital sex rose dramatically.

By the later 1980s, about half of teen girls were sexually active (Lauer & Lauer, 1997).

How did dating evolve from chivalrous knights in shining armor, dreaming up ways to win over their fair maidens, to this current culture of hooking-up where there is no regard for each partner's emotional reaction to the loveless encounter?

Perhaps the immediate social context of the college or high school environment, coupled with the media's distal influence, perpetuates the hook-up environment.

There could be sexual tension involved, as anyone who's ever read Henry James knows; but the pace would be what we'd call today a (seriously) slow burn.

The emergence of institutions like prom brought a new way of dating for young adults.According to the researchers, "because a hook-up can refer to kissing and petting as well as sexual intercourse, adolescent girls can disclose during post-encounter commentary with peers without having to worry about being considered a "prude" or a "slut"".The term's vagueness can, however, lead to differing expectations among participants and emotionally painful consequences.Dating is actually a pretty recent phenomenon, in the grand history of civilization.It wasn't until the 19th century that launching a relationship had anything to do with love and attraction.Courtship, to put it in old-timey terms, then became a part of the mating process. But even then, they didn't always fit one mold.