Dating in High School is Pointless


Suhani Bhanvadia

Dating in high school can be fun. But, when people take things too seriously, it doesn’t seen very beneficial.

Suhani Bhanvadia, Editor-in-Chief

Teenagers aren’t the smartest. We make questionable decisions and are way too dramatic. At least, most of us are somewhat aware of our lack of good judgment. So then, why are people putting so much faith and effort into an unsteady high school relationship? In short, dating in high school is pointless.

Let’s start with the obvious. Most likely, high school relationships will not last long after graduation. It starts out okay with the happy couple agreeing to have a long-distance relationship as they part ways. Then, after a while, communication starts dying down and the once joyous couple is no longer “a thing”. Does that sound familiar?

People and their needs change over time. In 5 or 10 years from now, things will be very different.”

— Ruby Bittner (12)

Some people may argue that relationships in high school allow for students to gain experience. However, high schoolers are not entirely, emotionally developed. Ruby Bittner (12) shares that “Although some people believe that it will help to get experience in relationships and figure out what they are looking for in a partner, people and their needs change over time. In 5 or 10 years from now, things will be very different.” High school students think they know what they like and don’t like, but they aren’t done learning and changing after graduation. The things we experience and learn in high school may not hold much relevance later in life.

Along the lines of not being mentally developed, high school students do not know what they’re doing. Teenagers make mistakes and create unnecessary drama. As stated by Anonymous (12), “Everyone has commitment issues and you are never actually dating one person; you are dating their entire friend group.” Dating in high school may not be entirely bad, but when drama gets out of hand and the attention starts to get annoying, it’s no longer “just for fun.” 

Gossip and drama can impact one’s mental health and distract them from other things that really matter. Imagine having to go through all of your classes knowing people are talking about what is happening in your personal life. Sure, people may do the same after high school, but at least you won’t be forced to sit right next to them every day.

I’m not saying dating should not be accepted in high school. However, I am saying that there isn’t much to be gained from high school relationships, especially when the odds of them lasting after graduation are low. Yes, they can be fun and exciting. Just don’t take them too seriously.