As children get older, they may begin pairing up, and nearly 75 percent of teens aged 15 to 19 reported having dated or been in a relationship.
Group gatherings in which boys and girls spend time together can help adolescents ease their way into dating, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
What this means is understanding who you are, what you like and dislike, what you value and believe in, and more, so that you can relate to someone else in a healthier way and find someone else who truly complements who you are as an individual.
People who date before they have had enough personal growth often get talked into feelings and actions that are not really true to who they are (because they are not sure of who they are), and they may end up in situations where both people feel as if they are really in love, but are actually just keeping the other from growing and maturing.
FX is going to refer to David Elkind, who is a professor at Tufts University and the author of The Hurried Child.
Elkind believes that people younger than 14 should not date because they do not have the social and interpersonal skills required for dating situations.
: Research is clear that young people who start dating early are more like to become sexually involved.