@K.C. FahelDating too early doubles the chance of drug use. Quadruples the chance of dropping out of school (and even if students don’t drop out they do poorer). There is a 1 in 4 chance of them becoming sexually active. A 50% chance of dating abuse. And often takes a significant toll on Emotional health. Things like depression our much more common in teen daters. The most recent studies are comparing 11 years to 14 years because 14 is now a common age to start dating, but if you dig back through the literature you can find the same increases in risk comparing 14 years to 16 years olds. People have also made very strong arguments for early dating (and the quick turnover of those relationships) contributing to the high divorce rate. Group dating decreasing these risks, but they still there especially when children are still in puberty and adjusting to themselves as well as others.
The bottom line is that dating (or more properly courting) is to prepare one to marry. If you are looking for a spouse you shouldn’t be dating. That is not to say you should have co-ed activities to learn about healthy interactions and relationships in your teenage years.
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