The participants were then followed over their lifetimes.
Repeats of this experiment have been performed with the same results.
Conventional wisdom says there’s no “right” age to start dating – it depends on the child’s maturity.
But new research suggests there is probably a “wrong” age to start dating: middle school.
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For parents who are unaware of the people and dynamics at play, it’s difficult to know what you’re facing.
They range from poor marks in school to domestic violence and increased incidence of drug abuse.
The webpage:‘By the time most children enter middle school their parents are starting to realize they’re not little kids anymore. Regardless, many are playing the part, wearing makeup, spending hours on Facebook and, much to their parents’ dismay, asking to go on dates.
They allow for practice of complex group interactions and problem solving.
The problems with premature pairing up have been studied, and are serious.