In the 1950s, dating protocol had men in charge. It was considered improper for a woman to approach a man about going out on a date. As one young man wrote to Seventeen magazine back in 1959: Once he meets a girl—and becomes interested in her—a boy must indulge in a sly, artful practice called pursuit.
What were the expectations of a teenager in the 1950s?
They acted responsibly without demanding freedom as payment. In the 50s expectations for teenagers changed. With a booming economy, parents could now help their children achieve more then they themselves had. More parents insisted they finish high school and paid for them to go to college.
What did teens do in the 50s for fun?
Its not surprising that the most important forms of entertainment for teenagers in the 1950s revolved around music. They spent time listening to music and going to dances, although they often had to follow strict rules. Record shops were gathering places to meet and hang out with other teens.
What did families do for fun in the 1950s?
During the 1950s, games, including checkers, marbles and chess as well as card games, such as go fish or old maid, kept children amused during long rainy days. In addition, hot new games such as Scrabble had just been introduced in the late 1940s, and by 1952, its makers were selling 400 sets a day.