Teens Too Young for Committed Relationships

Kiki Gilkey, Reporter

Teens and relationships go hand in hand. In this day and age, you really don’t get one without the other.

The problem is that a majority of teenagers don’t even “date” at all; rather, they jump straight into a relationship. The entire dating and courtship process is skipped, so they never fully get know the person they’re in a relationship with.

Not many teens really know the difference between dating and being in a committed relationship with someone. Dating is an engagement to go out socially with another person, often out of romantic interest. You date to get to know one another on a higher level than just friendship and to see if this person is really what you are looking for in a partner. Being in a committed relationship is giving yourself, as a whole, to another person in a mutual agreement of love, respect and faithfulness. I don’t believe teenagers are ready for that type of commitment yet.

As a teenager myself, I know that a lot of the times people begin relationships for the wrong reasons such as sex, jealousy, spite, insecurity, and out of sheer loneliness. Those reasons are not good enough to start a relationship. Relationships take both emotional and physical maturity, something almost all teenagers lack.

As fun as it may seem now, I don’t believe teenagers are ready to date or be in relationships; they need to grow and mature first. Before we can try to love someone else, we need to learn to love ourselves.