It seems like a normal rite of passage as you hit puberty and your teen years.
But what about those who wait a little longer to seek out romantic relationships?
Are they truly behind?
For teens and preteens, relationship building is a huge part of growth, development and identity.
And according to researchers, when it comes to relationships, the majority of teens will likely experience some type of romantic activity by the time they are between fifteen and seventeen years old.
But what if your teen doesn’t date until college or later?
Are they missing out on some emotional development?
According to a new study, those teens are not considered behind it all.
Not only are they managing just as well as their peers, there is evidence that they are less depressed.
Researchers collected self-reports from 10th-graders along with teacher surveys on their dating habits and emotional behavioral information.
The teacher surveys were found to be important and show the students who were not dating not only rated higher in social and leadership skills, but also lower in depression.
The authors of the study say the point of this is not to encourage your child to avoid dating but to show that if they don’t date, it won’t make them abnormal or socially stunted.