Dating in teens


12-Dec-2016 08:58

“In terms of adult activities, 18-year-olds now look like 15-year-olds once did.” The authors examined seven large, nationally representative surveys of US adolescents between 1976–2016, or 8.4 million kids ages 13–19, looking at “adult” activities, such as dating and drinking and working for pay.It compared adolescents of the same age—say 9th graders—at different points in time, a so-called time-lag design to allow the researchers to see changes between many groups of kids over time rather than changes in the same group over time.She links less drinking and sex to more social isolation and a preference for phones over humans, writing: The arrival of the smartphone has radically changed every aspect of teenagers’ lives, from the nature of their social interactions to their mental health.These changes have affected young people in every corner of the nation and in every type of household.Also, it’s hard to know whether teens go online because they are home not having sex and drinking, or vice versa (i.e.they are not having sex and drinking because they are online).The trends were widespread, appearing across gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, region of the country, and whether the teens were in urban or rural locations, suggesting “a broad cultural shift.” While the causes are unclear, the changes are dramatic.

If your date is pressuring you to do things that you are not comfortable with or that are illegal, you should tell your parents or a trusted adult.

Some parents of teens will be very restrictive about the age their children can start to date, leading teens to date in secret.