My first serious foray into online dating came when I was 26 and in the middle of the first of what would be two breakups with the same guy.
Playing with someone’s affections in that way is cruel, and it comes as no surprise that such relationships are often short-lived.
“Many young ones who date break up with each other a week or two later,” says a youth named Heather.
The urge to be with someone special—and to be with someone who thinks you are special—can be incredibly strong. For example, a magazine survey revealed that 25 percent of the 13-year-olds were already “going out or dating.” Do you think they were ready for it? To answer that, we first need to address a more basic question. ▪ You regularly go out with a certain member of the opposite sex. □ Yes □ No ▪ Several times a day, you text-message or talk on the phone with one particular friend of the opposite sex. □ Yes □ No ▪ You and a member of the opposite sex have a secret friendship. You haven’t told them because you know they’ll disapprove. □ Yes □ No ▪ Every time you get together with your friends, you pair off with the same person of the opposite sex. □ Yes □ No Likely, you had no problem answering the first question, but you may have paused before responding to the others. In this discussion we will define it as any social activity in which your romantic interest is focused on one particular person and that person’s romantic interest is focused on you.
“At school you feel like you’re only half a person if you’re not dating someone—anyone! “Sometimes you feel left out because all your peers have boyfriends and you don’t,” says 14-year-old Yvette.
Sondra reasons: “In the dating process you want someone else to get to know you. If you cannot responsibly handle your own finances, how will you do so for a family? ▪ Spirituality If you are one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, what are your spiritual attributes?