Did you ever notice that when you were younger, you had friends only of your sex, but as you grew older, you began to be attracted to members of the opposite sex? This is a natural experience for most teens, and it can range from just simple wariness to outright scorn of the opposite sex.
As you go through puberty and develop interest in the opposite sex, you are faced with a new challenge...dating! Dating is when two or more people meet at a specific time or place for leisure. Dating enables people to experience companionship, get to know each other better, and could lead to a more intimate relationship.
In dating, some of the issues you have to deal with– as you probably already know– include how to ask for a date, where to go, how to get there, what to do and talk about, and who to pay for any expenses. As if these weren't enough, there's the additional question of who should ask for the date– whether the boy or girl. Traditionally, men ask women for dates, but with the eroding of traditional gender roles, this is changing and it is becoming acceptable for women to ask men out. As you decide which way to go, keep in mind it is not okay to do something you're not comfortable with just because "everyone" is doing it. It is also important to realize that just like we have different "puberty clocks", readiness and interest in dating vary among people. There is no right or wrong age to start dating. Some start dating from their teen years, while others don't start till their twenties. So, if you're not dating yet...for whatever reason, don't feel pressured to do want you're not ready or interested in doing yet.
That said, it is also important to know those things that attract people to others and things that may turn them off. The most common things that attract people include a person's personality, looks, interests/hobbies, values, and goals. Similarly, these could also be reasons for non-attraction.
Tips for successful dating
Now that we're done with dating, let's talk about love.... LEARN MORE
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