Dating etiquette in colonial times
So in these households, the old reasons for bed courtship remain.
In the outside world teenagers mix with the opposite sex on a daily basis during high school.
Bed courtship is practiced only by the ultra-conservative churches.
The parents rely on the church teachings to prevent hanky-panky. The custom was practiced in Europe for centuries before immigrants introduced it to the American colonies.
Just as in the outside world, it might take someone several tries to find a lifelong partner.
The more conservative couples practice traditional Amish dating customs.