By the 1920s, Americans tended to make their own love matches from those in their circles. This differed from the earlier European traditions of making family connections through marriage.

While dating, breaking up and falling in love were already a part of the American way of life for many people, the 1920s could be said to be the beginning of the normalisation of premarital relationships among the younger generations.

Often the 1920s are portrayed as a time of breaking taboos and an increasingly wilder and riskier way of life. Young people in New York and Chicago stayed up all night partying at jazz bars, a lifestyle not normally seen in previous generations. Meanwhile, this image is also heavily influenced by Europe, where costumes, music and dances which often originated in America were utilised by their red light districts and often took on a seedier image.

On the other hand, marriage for love, as opposed tradition or convenience, could indicate purity, love unpolluted by money or traditional pressure. These and other social changes were mainstream, while the nightlife scene was of limited scope not affecting many who were not young city-dwellers.

Meanwhile, much of what has been described as optimism could also be interpreted as a well-grounded faith and trust in others within a strong social fabric. This in turn could be the basis for the economic revolution that America underwent in the 20s, which cemented its position for the twentieth century.