Interracial dating among teens
In early and mid-adolescence, teenagers often involve themselves in a series of short-term relationships, which may be labeled as "crushes," "being smitten," or even "falling in love." However, they are usually characterized by high emotional intensity and often last a short period of time.
These brief relationships provide the necessary experience for future, more stable relationships in future life.
Those teenagers who are not interested in formal dating usually feel happy to hang out with and talk to members of the opposite sex.
Their priorities are usually in other areas such as academics, sports, or after-school jobs, with dating considered to be something they do not have time for during this phase of their lives.
Dating can function as a source of psychological support for teens who are feeling lonely, for teenagers who are in authority conflicts or are just feeling bored.
For many teenagers, the dating process represents a special time in their life.
According to research, 90 percent of all teenagers have a date while they are in high school.
This causes many teenagers to feel pressure from their parents to date when they are not interested in or ready to do so. Early dating could be a sign of precocious development or a way to handle excessive social and sexual anxiety.
Mid-teens who actively date often feel more mature and grown up, and see dating as a way to assert their independence.
Parents of the "non-daters," could become quite anxious as they feel that there is something wrong with the teenager who does not date.Parents sometimes think that the lack of dating is an indicator of their child's sexual orientation or emotional maturity.