Relationships: Should people date in high school?


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When it comes to dating in high school, many people have a variety of differing opinions. Personally, I am in support of relationships in high school. I believe that relationships provide experiences that benefit people in the long run and allow for growth and development. It also allows them to understand their needs and desires in a relationship and their limits as well. 

However, when dating in high school, it is also important to consider the maturity levels which vary from individual to individual and that there is a likely possibility that your relationship may not last. Nevertheless, this should not discourage you from dating. 

Dating allows you to get to know people on a deeper level, whether they are someone you just met or someone you have known for years. It also helps you discover things about yourself that you didn’t even know. Some of my friends who have been in relationships have also admitted that while they might not have been happy with the outcome of the relationship, they were grateful for the experiences and the lessons they learned. 

High school dating prepares you for college and adulthood by exposing you to a variety of personalities, traits and lifestyles, while also helping you discover your own identity, a conflict many teenagers struggle with. It also makes it easier to develop healthy, long-lasting relationships later in life by enforcing positive habits and important qualities like trust, communication, responsibility and respect which are essential in relationships. 

Of course, relationships are not for everyone and the choice to not date is reasonable. However, if you are discouraged from dating in high school solely because of the unlikely outcome of spending the rest of your life with the same person, there are many other benefits to consider. Having a relationship in high school can allow you to grow and develop as a person, understand your needs and limits in a relationship, get to know others on a deeper level, gain experiences and memories, learn lessons, prepare you for the future and make it easier to develop long-lasting relationships by strengthening important qualities like your ability to communicate, respect and trust your significant other. As a result, I support dating in high school due to the benefits and the experiences that come with it and the positive impact those experiences have on us.