So we had a teen viewer ask us what we thought about dating in middle school. Well, this is a slightly sticky subject. First, we need to classify what 'dating' is. Dating in middle school usually means that you like, and you share a mutual atraction and interests, (soccer, writing, art, whatever it is) or like the person because they are physically attractive. This in middle school, makes you a 'couple' or 'going out', when actually, most of the time all you do is hug, and you don't 'go out'. To be 'dating' in middle school is not like the real world. In the real world you are asked out or you ask someone and you go out alone together and do something, if you want to go out again, you do, and you can go on as many dates as you want with other people, until you settle down with one person that you continually date. So anyway, here is some stuff about 'dating' in middle school. 

Pros:
*In middle school, when you 'date' you are hanging with someone who is the same, and different than you, if you have a good 'boyfriend' or 'girlfriend' then they will challenge you, and help you grow as a person.
*'Dating' can actually give teens someone that they are close to and trust with everything, and a teen who is having thoughts of suicide (based on polls of our peers) is more likely to tell their current date than their parents or school teacher. So maybe having this emotional support is a good thing.

Cons:
*A lot of fights in middle school are over girls fighting over boys, or boys defending their girls.
*Lots of people will judge you. Your friends, your enemies, your parents, and even your teachers get involved! All of this puts unhealthy pressure on you to do or say things you may not be comfortable with.
*Spending lots of time with or dating someone your friends don't like can seperate you from them. You should never date to please anyone but yourself, but if your beau and besties don't agree, then you need to try to bridge the gap between them, or spend equal time with them.
*Your parents may not agree with it
*Your school most likely doesn't allow PDA or Public display of affection

These are the views we have gathered. If you have anything to add, feel free tcomment, we would love to hear your thoughts.
Note: Not everyone's situation is the same, so these certain situations may not apply to you.
 


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