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Saturday, September 18, 2004

Mormon Dating Advice Makes a Lot of Sense...

The Church has long counseled young people to not start dating before age 16, and to not rush into steady dating. A lot of young people don't like this, but those who show a little faith in this matter are often blessed in many ways. Further, those in the Young Women program are often warned against dating boys who are much older, largely based on the disaster that we adults often see when younger girls date older boys. Along these lines, there is an interesting article at CNN.com about a new study on dating and behavior: "Study finds older boys are bad influence." An excerpt from the article:
"We found a tight connection between teen sexual behavior and dating and teen risk of smoking, drinking and using illegal drugs," said CASA chairman Joseph Califano, a former U.S. secretary of health, education and welfare.

The study found that 58 percent of girls who had boyfriends two years or more older drank alcohol, compared to 25 percent of the girls who dated boys their own age or not at all.

Fifty percent of the girls who went for older boys or men smoked marijuana, compared to 8 percent of the other girls, and 65 percent of these girls who preferred to date someone older than themselves smoked, compared to 14 percent girls who stuck to younger boys.
I think the advice of Church leaders on dating (including advice from typical local leaders) makes a lot of sense.

11 comments:

Aimee "Roo" said...

Just goes to show that it is always best to follow the words of a Prophet. Seems like there is always some sort of study to back up what we have been taught all along, a good example is not smoking.

Roy W. Wright said...

Hey! My wife's 4 years younger than me. But I guess it doesn't count, since we were sealed in the temple. :)

Anonymous said...

hi im not a mormon but i realy like one i am one year older than her and i dont know if her parents will bo ok with it or if i even have a chance please give me some advice

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Nathan said...

Correlation is not causation. Just because those girls chose those behaviors does not necessarily mean that it was the boys who were an influence. Maybe the girls wanted to be older (which is a typical teenage action) and so chose to do things they saw older people doing.

cameronsharpe said...

These are the good tips in this busy world with hectic work load and stress these is were we can get relief and work out for relationships and find our right partner to live together rest of life. Hey thats a great idea, in this busy world you can get in touch with your loved ones.

Natalie said...

Amazing tips.... in the hectic life dating will help us in reducing the mental stress. Dating advices will help you in finding the right relationships and find our right partner. Its always better to get the dating advice from the experienced hand for better success and for a long lasting relationship.

Dating said...

Hey! My wife's 2 years older than me. But I guess it doesn't count, since we were sealed in the temple.

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