As tweens become teens and Facebook links replace friendship bracelets, dating ensues, leaving many parents wondering, what’s the best age for teens to begin coupling up?
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“Maturity can be measured by willingness to participate sufficiently in household chores, treating others with respect, getting good grades, and managing emotions.’”Healthy Researchers also cited an increase in the risk of unsafe sex, alcohol use, and more, according to the Wall Street Journal.It’s worth noting that plenty of teens aren’t just dating, they’re already having sex: A CDC study found that about 43 percent of teenage girls and 42 percent of teenage boys had had sexual intercourse at least once.What the research says" data-reactid="21"On average, kids begin group dating at 12-and-a-half for girls and 13-and-a-half for boys, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Researchers also cited an increase in the risk of unsafe sex, alcohol use, and more, according to the Wall Street Journal.The majority of teens studied didn’t begin dating until about age 13, and the so-called late bloomers were around 15.