The automobile especially afforded a young couple the opportunity to have time together away from parental constraints.
With the shift of courtship from the private to the public sphere, it took on a new goal; dating became a means to and indicator of popularity, especially in the collegiate environment.
College dating is the set of behaviors and phenomena centered on the seeking out and the maintenance of romantic relationships in a university setting.
It has unique properties that only occur, or occur most frequently, in a campus setting.
In this format, dating became about competing for the potential mate with the highest social payoff.