Dating in high school is a rite of passage.
It can be an incredibly messy, hormone-fueled humiliating rite of passage, but it's still considered a coming-of-age experience.
While very few high school relationships last in a healthy manner, many cite those first "teen loves" as a training ground for heartbreak, spotting red flags, and the simple practice of putting yourself out there - embarrassment be d*mned.
But not all people had this experience in high school, in fact, it's nearly as common to not date in your teens as it is to date. The upside of this, is you can avoid a lot of painful mistakes and rejection.
However, there can be downsides to not getting your feet wet early.
It's an interesting mix of perspectives.
Let’s say that there are certain social missteps that are more tolerated from a teenager than from someone significantly into adulthood.