Traditions are often referred to as a thing of the past, although there are many people that still follow the old-fashioned courting route for their relationships.
Courtship is used by a number of theorists to explain gendering processes and sexual identity.
In America, in the 1820s, the phrase "date" was most closely associated with prostitution.
However, by the Jazz Age of the 1920s, dating for fun was becoming a cultural expectation, and by the 1930s, it was assumed that any popular young person would have lots of dates.
This form of dating, though, was usually more chaste than is seen today, since premarital sex was not considered the norm.