For 30-year-olds, that might mean predicating a relationship on willingness to marry or have kids.For high schoolers, that might mean basing a relationship on, well, the Arcidiacono notes that there's a treasure trove of statistical data on the dating preferences, rather than pairings, of adults, due to dating sites like
In high-school terms, that means math nerds date math nerds, though members of the debate team may also qualify.) he or she seeks in a partner as well as what he or she ends up getting.
The idea is that men and women—jocks and dorks, freshman and seniors—base their search not only on the characteristics of their chosen partner, but also the expected terms of the relationship.
For them, a relationship at some point becomes more important than purity.
Because of that phenomenon, in schools with more boys than girls, the girls hold more cards and have less sex.
Unsurprisingly, the majority of high school girls do not (though 50.1 percent of senior girls do).