Society leaders have decided for us all what the right way to act is.
Notice that percentages decrease consistently over time.
Percentage of 12th graders who had ever gone on a date: Percent of high-schoolers who had ever had sex The research on the percent of high-schoolers who had ever had sex was based on data collected in surveys, starting in 1991.
It occurred for “boys and girls, Whites and Blacks, lower SES and higher SES adolescents, in all four regions of the United States, and in rural, urban, and suburban locations.” Percentage of 12th graders who had ever gone on a date The research on dating among high school seniors was based on more than a half-million 12th graders surveyed between 19.
(Eighth and 10th graders were included from 1990 through 2016.) The authors analyzed the data in 5-year intervals.
As the authors noted: "Twelfth graders in the early 2010s went out on dates about as often as 10th graders did in the early 1990s.
Having sex went from being the majority experience for high school students (54 percent of 9th to 12th graders in 1991) to the minority experience (41 percent in 2015)." The decline in these behaviors, and other activities the authors describe as typically associated with adulthood, was not specific to particular demographic groups.
Dating, sex, marriage, kids — they aren’t mandatory anymore.
People can live full, and fully adult, lives without any of them.
During this tenure at school a child should date, but not anyone that shows signs of being violent, disrespectful, cloying or substance abusing.