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“Going steady had become a sort of play-marriage, a mimicry of the actual marriage of their slightly older peers.” “While either could go out with friends of the same sex, each must always know where the other was and what he or she was doing.” Whether it was the sock hop, prom, a sorority dance, or a fraternity formal, “going steady meant a guaranteed date for special events…” Sock hops became popular in the 1950s, and arose because these dances would take place on basketball courts.