When it came to teen dating in the '60s, most of the advice boiled down to, "keep busy so you don't end up getting busy." Adults weren't naive — they knew teens would prefer rounding the bases to sharing a cream soda, so their goal was to keep teens occupied, so things wouldn't lead to sex. Ann Landers gave this advice: "Have a planned program of activity. Don't just sit around with nothing special to do or, even worse, ride around with no destination … a sensible way to stay out of trouble is to keep active and busy. When necking becomes the major interest and No. 1 indoor sport, you're playing with fire and you could get badly singed." Basically, if you allow a date to have a single moment of downtime, the shameful necking will begin and you'll end up pregnant with a bastard child from Hell.
Landers went on to say that if you must neck, do it on the couch with the lights on. Also, don't pick some couch in the basement — you should pick the most public, well-lit place possible (the furniture store, perhaps) to ensure it doesn't go too far. Because if it led to petting, God help you. Landers said, "Petting can: Make you feel guilty and ashamed. Ruin your reputation. Cause you to lose your boyfriend because, after he goes further than he knows he should, he may decide you're cheap. Lead to pregnancy. Break your parents' hearts." You don't want to be a cheap, crappy daughter with no boyfriend, do you? That's why you need each date needs to be a triathlon so you can avoid your natural, teenaged hormones.