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Pros and cons of dating in high school

PRO:

Mutual Support
Being in a relationship with another person is not always solely romantic. By spending time together, two people are able to express their feelings openly, whether happy or sad, to one another. This emotional bond couples share is a good outlet for relieving some of the stress that comes from daily life.

Companionship
Relationships offer a person the comfort of being with someone. Having someone to turn to as a best friend lets one maintain a strong friendship and simply enjoy the physical company of his or her significant other.

Different Outlooks
Having a girlfriend or boyfriend helps to expand one’s viewpoints on the world. As two people begin to develop a partnership, they begin to gain a better understanding of each other’s beliefs and values. They learn to become more open-minded and accepting of not only themselves but also of other people. This experience allows them to reflect on their own thoughts and explore their partner’s new perspectives on life as well.

Experience
Young people who date are able to acquire more relationship experience. Through hanging out with their significant others and enduring breakups, they become better communicators. They learn to compromise with other people and do what’s best for both parties. High school dating gives an individual firsthand experience, which can prevent him or her from receiving unfair treatment in the future.

CON:

Distraction from School
High school relationships can pose as major distractions from academics and extracurriculars. The time two spend together cuts time away from more important tasks such as completing homework and preparing for tests. Those who become overly indulged in their relationship can lose focus and do worse in class.

Loss of Identity
Oftentimes, one feels pressured to do whatever it takes to satisfy his or her significant other. While it’s important that both people in a relationship are happy, they can easily lose sight of their personal well-being. The unspoken obligation to make one’s partner happy is ultimately self-damaging.

Time Commitment
A strong, healthy relationship is built upon devotion and dedication. Investing time and energy into a relationship is a huge commitment and competes with schoolwork, extracurriculars and personal time. Unknowingly, goals are even pushed aside to make time for the significant other, and the focus on academic success becomes secondary.

Premature Relationships
Dating in high school may seem fun and exciting, but it can also have negative consequences. Many students who get into a relationship too early do not understand what is needed to uphold it. This can be hurtful in the long run for the person since he or she is not completely knowledgeable about the necessary treatment they are entitled to. As a result, the possibility of generating abusive tendencies or tolerance in the future is higher.

By Sophia Ding, Feature editor, and Sabrina Wan, Designer
Photo courtesy of www.integratedcatholiclife.org


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