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How Purpose Prevails Over Passion for Foresight and Advancing Your Goal

“Trust your heart and follow your passions.” From childhood, society influences young people to live this way. But mantras like this, while well intentioned, can often lead to false expectations and negative consequences without the presence of purpose. Part of the problem is a misunderstanding of what passion truly is. Defined properly, passion is a […]

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Dating in the 1950s

How Younger Marriages Influenced Dating in the 1950s

The 1950s was a decade of commitment and love. Perhaps WWII made people cherish their loved ones even more, but people found security in relationships after a time of uncertainty. As we continue the history of dating series, we’ll discuss how younger marriages influenced dating in the 1950s and how baby-making defined this era. Younger […]

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Characteristics of going steady

7 Characteristics of Going Steady

Gee whiz. As we continue the history of dating series, we discuss the 7 characteristics of going steady. The quotes from this article come from Beth Bailey’s book From Front Porch to Back Seat unless otherwise noted.  Money became scarce during the Great Depression. Men became scarce during WWII. “Before the war, when discussions of […]

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Competitive dating

The Game of Love: Competitive Dating in the 1930s

The Roaring 20s party collided headfirst into the 1929 stock market crash. Courtship had given way to dating as we discussed in The Invention of Dating. But, competitive dating was rising, partially due to the financial crises in the 1930s. 13-15 million workers lost their jobs at the height of The Great Depression in 1933. Scarcity was a […]

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invention of dating

The Invention of Dating: Why Guys Pay for Dates

As Kristen and I get ready for a Gatsby-themed house party tonight, I’m reminded of how the Roaring ’20s birthed modern dating as we know it. The invention of dating replaced “calling,” as we discussed in A Dating Tradition Worth Bringing Back? Dating started with urban, working, lower classes, but quickly spread to public acceptance. […]

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