Dating intimacy and the teenage years

Romance in movies is mostly characterized by idealization, infatuation, lust and one dimensional people (think Twilight, The Hangover, Iron Man, Spider man and 300).Relationships in music lyrics emphasize hedonism, sexism, the objectification of women (and men) or the inability to trust your partner not to break your heart (or cheat on you).

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When we refer to “teen daters,” “teens with relationship experience” or “teens with dating experience” we are referring to this roughly one-third of teenagers who are currently in some type of relationship or have been at some point in the past.

Most teens with romantic relationship experience are not sexually active.

Some 30% of teen daters say they have ever had sex.

Age is the primary demographic dividing line when it comes to dating and romance.

Spending time together in activities that both partners enjoy is very important to young couples.