And should the relationship move on, as they often do, it would move into the ubiquitous "going steady" stage (Mc Ginnis 74).
Refreshments were often served (though not always), and the entertainment was primarily piano playing in the parlor.
The dating process usually is initiated by going out on double-dates.
Double-dates were used to initiate the whole dating process because it created a more open environment conducive to easy conversation.
Besides, dating allowed young people to be with each other without their parents interfering.
Secondly, the control of the relationship changed hands as the transition was made.
People date because it is "enjoyable, pleasant, and valuable" (Merrill 62), and they thought that they could gain rewarding experiences from it.