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Pros and cons of high school dating

January 10, 2017

For high school dating

High School can be a very stressful time and many students already have enough on their plates. With sports, grades and college applications, many wonder why would they ever want to add onto that workload. But, a girlfriend can open a guy’s eyes to new things, as well as give some experience in a relationship that will be helpful in the future.

Having a girlfriend can offer a different perspective on the high school experience. Many guys in relationships are thankful that their girlfriends have gotten them to try new things. Getting pushed outside of one’s comfort zone can lead to creating memories that will last a lifetime. Being in a relationship leads to meeting new people that a person can share those memories with. So, don’t risk missing out on what could potentially be some of the best high school memories.

At an all-boys school, students don’t interact with girls as much as they would at a co-ed school. There is little opportunity to actually talk to girls, and a good number of people need the practice. No matter where anyone goes to college, they are going to have to. Even if they are not in it for the long run, the experience is bound to be helpful in the future. With a girlfriend in high school, a person can learn the dos and do not’s of being in a relationship.

While some may argue that having a girlfriend costs money, so does everything else. Having friends in general costs money, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth it. Having a girlfriend can cost money and can be stressful but, it can also provide a great opportunity to get to know the opposite sex and offer new opportunities for a more complete high school experience.

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    Against high school dating

    You love them, you love them not. Many high school boys want a girlfriend and think it would be fun, but in reality, it is just not worth it.Having a relationship demands attention. No one wants their relationship to fail, so being attentive to one’s girlfriend eventually takes priority. Once that happens, guys lose focus of their school work and free time. Relationships take a toll on high school boys. On average, students in relationships have .4 lower GPA’s, which can drastically affect the college admissions decision. If high school girlfriends could potentially ruin future plans or dreams, it’s best to avoid them.

    According to a stage of life student poll, 23.3% of males said having a girlfriend negatively impacted their relationships with other guys. High school is about building relationships. When high school males consume their time with a girl, they are missing out on those special memories and could even be putting their relationships with other people on the line because, again, the girlfriend is a priority.

    People who think high school guys should have girlfriends will say having one will help social skills and set a person up for healthier relationships in the future. That’s not true. 70% of boys text their girlfriend instead of talking on the phone or in person. On top of that, 12% of others spend more time chatting on social media than in person; all of this according to stageoflife.com student poll.

    High School boys should not have relationships because that kind of relationship with a girl during the most important time of their life just isn’t worth it.

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