For many high school students, having a partner is near the top of their priority list, and some individuals may feel left out or even feel like failures if they've not dated someone by the end of high school. While in the short term having a boyfriend or girlfriend can make a high school student happy or feel that they fit in, such a relationship can have other consequences for the individual which may not prove as positive.
Disrupts Friendship Groups
• High school students typically maintain a circle of friends who they depend on for companionship, but the politics of relationships can alter these friendships. When a student gets into a relationship with a guy or girl, that person's friends may complain that the student isn't spending enough time with them anymore. Worse, the friendship group may become jealous, and this envy might manifest in arguments between the student and her friends or even result in the breaking of friendships.
• High school students have plenty to be stressed about. For a start, they're teenagers with all the emotional difficulties, such as mood swings, which this age brings. Students also face pressure to succeed academically to get into the college they want and may be expected to perform at extracurricular activities such as sports or music too. A relationship introduces another source of pressure into a student's life, taking up more of his time and potentially adding to emotional upset in the case of relationship problems. As noted in the essay "Effects of Romantic Relationships on Academic Performance" by Matthew E. Kopfler, pupils involved in relationships are often subject to more stress as a result.
• The presence of a boyfriend or girlfriend in a pupil's life can have a positive effect on that individual, providing the relationship is stable. The individuals in a relationship, even one based around a high school, can become very close, which in turn allows each partner to support...
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