Can we survive without dating romance and love

The third ingredient in a love relationship, commitment, is about wanting and deciding to stay together as a couple in the future — despite any changes and challenges that life brings.

Sometimes couples who fall in love in high school develop committed relationships that last. But it's not because teens aren't capable of deep loving.

People at this stage might daydream about a crush or a new BF or GF. It hasn't had time to grow into emotional closeness that's needed for love.

They may doodle the person's name or think of their special someone while a particular song is playing. Because feelings of attraction and sexual interest are new, and they're directed at a person we want a relationship with, it's not surprising we confuse attraction with love.

We typically have shorter relationships as teens because adolescence is a time when we instinctively seek lots of different experiences and try out different things.

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