“He is stark mad, whoever says; That he hath been in love an hour.” -John Donne, Broken Heart

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Senior Tabby Smith and junior Evan Rosser make a happy couple. Being high schoolers, it makes sense for them to have a relationship.

Addy Bennett, Columnist

I am in seventh grade and I find the amount of other people my age “dating” to be unacceptable.  Today’s society accepts dating as a good activity for all ages, which causes people to not take a romantic relationship seriously.  People “get together” for a grand total of about a week and break up as soon as appropriate.

If middle schoolers and younger children these days took the time to think, they might realize that they aren’t even dating.  Since most of these relationships are concealed from their parents, they can’t go to a movie theater or restaurant.  They just change their Facebook status (which most are too young to have) to dating and hold hands during school.  Maybe they send each other “cute” texts about how much they “love” each other, but that’s about it.

Personally, I think they do this to be rebellious or get attention.  The situation of being single is viewed as disgraceful in current society and students are afraid of this conception.  When they are dating and the school knows it, they are flooded with questions about what they text each other and if they’ve kissed yet.  And then a little while later, it’s over between the two and they both move on to a new guy or girl.

None of it is meaningful.  They might just think that the other is popular and mildly attractive so, boom.  They’re dating.  And that’s all it is.  It’s a popularity contest.  It’s a contest to see who can get with who, whether you are attractive enough, or how dangerously you can live.  “Dating” in a middle school society is nothing but shallow people trying to be cool.