Question: What was dating in the 1980s like?

They only had use of a house phone that was held up on the wall and had a long curling cord. This prevented privacy and led to most interactions being at school. There were no such things as cell phones at this point.

While in the 1940s many states allowed adolescent women to get married at ages 12 or 14 with parental consent, by the mid-1970s most states required that young women be at least 16 if they were to be married. Understanding how these laws affected marital behavior is important for several reasons.

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