The two would spend time together, usually with the supervision of her parents so that they may get to know each other on an intellectual and emotional level.
The couple was rarely left alone, making sexual intimacy (and physical contact in general) nearly impossible.
Since lower-class families did not have the resources to entertain potential suitors in their home, many couples began leaving the house to spend time together.
Thus, the phrase "going out on a date" became popularized.
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At this time, being single past the age of 21 carried with it a deep stigma so although rarely talked about, this was something that many people turned to.It is important to note that many of these mainstream rituals were strictly confined to heterosexual dating.In the early days of dating, many LGBT couples had to keep their relationships a secret for fear of being public stigmatized.Although it was the first agency of its kind to not be run by the Church, it was still very much class orientated and largely used as a last resort for men, who were looking for a good wife.If a match was found under these circumstances it was very unlikely that you boasted about it.