In small towns, teens meet in the streets downtown or gather around a fountain. Teens are separated until they are of marrying age, then their families introduce them to each other and sometimes a courtship follows.In Japan and Korea, most high school students don't date or go to parties, but spend their time studying instead.A friend of mine, a fellow European, summarized how relationships on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean work in a comical, but also pretty accurate way: “In America, the girl is Barbie and the guy is Ken.
Over the course of this two-part article, I would like to trace how this change occurred, especially concentrating on the origin of this dating "subroutine." Let me begin by briefly suggesting four cultural forces that assisted in moving from, as Alan Carlson puts it, the more predictable cultural script that existed for several centuries, to the multi-layered system and (I think most would agree) the more ambiguous courtship system that includes "the date." The first, and probably most important change we find in courtship practices in the West occurred in the early 20th century when courtship moved from public acts conducted in private spaces (for instance, the family porch or parlor) to private or individual acts conducted in public spaces, located primarily in the entertainment world, as Beth Bailey argues in her book, .
Dating is done one-to-one and both girls and boys ask each other out and split the cost of the evening's entertainment.
In Russia dates take place at dances or at clubs where teens eat or chat with friends.
Girls often ask out boys and pay for the date, too.
Most teens go out in large groups and don't pair off until they are 18 or 19 years old in Australia.