Once a student has sex, it becomes less of an issue in future relationships.," but don't hold its too-cute title against it—looked at how and when high-school students choose mates and their preferences when searching for a partner.Rather sweetly, the Add Health study considers two a pair when they hold hands, kiss, and say "I love you." (It seems to me this knocks most high-school relationships out of consideration, but the criteria are the criteria.) And when does that happen?Boys and girls in the same grade account for about 42 percent of relationships, while older boys dating younger girls make up 40 percent of high-school relationships, and older girls dating younger boys make up 18 percent."That's a thing that girls let slide, because you have to," the student explains."If you don't let it slide, you don't have a boyfriend." Dating, in other words, is a market like any other, and market power is determined by the abundance of resources.For 30-year-olds, that might mean predicating a relationship on willingness to marry or have kids.
In real terms, that means couples with the same socioeconomic, racial, and religious background are common.
In high-school terms, that means math nerds date math nerds, though members of the debate team may also qualify.) he or she seeks in a partner as well as what he or she ends up getting.
The idea is that men and women—jocks and dorks, freshman and seniors—base their search not only on the characteristics of their chosen partner, but also the expected terms of the relationship.
A tamer version of that observation is borne out in the economists' work among high schoolers.
Unsurprisingly, the majority of high school boys want to have sex (though only 47.6 percent of freshmen boys do).