One recent study from the University of Georgia evaluated the dating habits of 624 students in grades 6 through 12 from six Georgia school districts over a seven-year period.
Students who reported dating since middle school demonstrated the poorest study skills in the group and were four times more likely to drop out of high school.
This is obvious because you are here, reading this – and I am so glad you are! Here are just a few: The list could go on and on but I don’t want to bore you.
The point is, if you are over 40 and single, you could probably use a little help in some area of dating.
Don’t get me wrong, takeout and Netflix are wonderful things – but not when you are lonely and long to find your special person.
Things are much different than they were years ago. We now live in a fast paced, drive-thru society where interaction with others can be minimal.
In the backseat they were chattering away, and in the front seat, I was the proverbial fly on the wall. “Yeah, they have been hooking up for a while.” Dating? I wondered how they could be talking about these things when they couldn’t even drive a car or pay for the movies.
I’m sorry to say, but if you are waiting for the man or woman of your dreams to just magically appear at your door some day, you are going to be a very lonely person for the rest of your life.
(Yep, just so you know, I’m brutally honest.) Now, I’m not saying you have to track and hunt your mate, but you do need to put yourself out there.
Lead researcher Pamela Orinpas says that the study also found that these early daters were twice as likely to have consumed alcohol, smoked cigarettes, and used marijuana in middle school and high school, all risky behaviors. One of the biggest take-home messages from the study, Orinpas says, is that kids don’t have to be dating at that age.
On the other hand, students who never or hardly ever dated consistently had the best study skills and demonstrated the least risky behavior. “They feel pressure to date—that’s the cool thing to do,” she says.