DailyDirt: Modern Dating

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Trying to find a date using statistics and computers isn’t exactly a new idea. (Punch cards were used in some of the earliest versions of computer dating.) As technology has improved, you might expect that dating has gotten better as well, but some modifications of the Drake equation show just how unlikely the odds are. Here are a few more data points in the realm of romantic relationships.

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Mason Wheeler (profile) says:

A Canadian study suggests that kids who start dating early (at an average age of 11.6 years old) are prone to more school and behavioral problems than their late-booming peers.

Isn’t this pretty solidly established? I first heard about this almost 20 years ago and it was considered pretty non-controversial (except among hormonal (pre-)teens, of course) even back then.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

implying implications?

I don’t think that 99% of 11 year olds who are “dating” are doing the kind of dating that 16-17 year olds are doing.


A bit of a stretch for that age group. More like a crush and playing grown ups or coerced, even if inadvertently coerced by social surroundings.

once knew a kid,
the same age as me,
about 11,
parents were drunks,
hung around with 16 year olds,
doing 16 year old stuff,
got a girlfriend same age,
similar situation,
her parents were absent,
partied together with older kids,
doing older kid stuff,
they had a kid,
both parents at 12,

Roll on a few years and I met him while out and got talking. He was about 25 then, told me that they only had sex because it was “cool” at the time and they didn’t have sex again until they were about 15. They are still together btw… his kid is brought up ok too, which is a surprise considering.

Anyway, he was “coerced by social surroundings”. Environmental, not biological. Not at that age anyway.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

“Isn’t this pretty solidly established?”

You’re asking me? … Oh, wait – it was rhetorical.

Is this an Argument from Repetition, Historian’s Fallacy or a Mind Projection Fallacy?

Or maybe it’s an Appeal to Authority.

Doesn’t matter, no supporting arguments implies bullshit.

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