Key to happy dating is learning to avoid pressure situations


Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Dating is 90-percent pressure. It can be scary. To me it’s sad, watching my friends freak out about their hair, their makeup, and their bodies, all for a guy.

Fine, maybe I freak out a little myself, sometimes, but dating doesn’t have to be as scary as it seems. You just need to know the facts first.

Here’s what I think the difference between courtship, traditional dating, and group dating is: Courtship is kind of like regular dating, but with the interest of marrying that person instead of just casual dating, it also means having an adult there chaperoning.

Of course, you should understand traditional dating, which is more casual than courtship and doesn’t have a chaperon involved.

Group dating is a couple on a date going with a large group of friends to an event, and it involves a lot less pressure.

I have made group dating my choice when it comes to dating and relationships, although I sometimes feel like I am one of the few who has.

I chose group dating because I refuse to even put myself in a situation that involves so much pressure, but I still want to be able to talk to the person, and not have an adult breathing down my neck the entire time (no offense to any adults who may be judging this article right now). Having a parent come on a date with you would be awkward, uncomfortable and somewhat scary.

In closing, I think that every teenager should make the decision of how they’re going to go about this subject before they start dating. They need to have it set in their mind before they let someone sway them into doing something that they know they shouldn’t.

I also believe this principle should apply to what a teenager decides his or her limits are as to what they’re going to do on a date.

Melissa Newton is a sophomore at Wings Christian Academy.

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