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. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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    Mason Wheeler (profile), Apr 16th, 2014 @ 5:03pm

    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.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 16th, 2014 @ 5:30pm

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    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.

    "hormonal"

    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,
    partying,
    drinking,
    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.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 16th, 2014 @ 7:28pm

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    "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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    G Thompson (profile), Apr 16th, 2014 @ 8:06pm

    Re: Re:

    Just finished "Social Psychology 101" & "How to be an twat online" did you?

    I'm gathering you Aced both courses!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 16th, 2014 @ 9:30pm

    Not surprisingly, students with high academic goals were more likely to be late bloomers on the dating scene.


    This just in: Nerds don't get dates. Are forced to go with their cousin to prom. More at 11.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 17th, 2014 @ 5:39am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Simply because someone years ago claimed a truth was self evident - we, today are compelled to adherence of its truthiness and must not question its veracity. To do so will bring the wrath of the Internet police.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 17th, 2014 @ 5:42am

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    But - but ... that ruins my ill conceived notions about kids these days.

    Damn you logic!

     

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    Anonymous, Apr 19th, 2014 @ 6:17pm

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    More propaganda from the "protec' da chilldrin" crowd.

     

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