By Ryan Wirth
Many relationships sprout from a childish liking, an infatuation of physical attraction mixed with compatible personality traits. Now in high school, relationships are often based off this very idea.
An unconscious sense of settling and a lack of options are issues that many high school students face when growing up with teen angst. Eighty percent of the pie is made up from two common scenarios, which are as follows: One, it is a small town without a wide array of people to choose from. Everyone’s the same or not quite what they’re looking for, which is where the settling comes into play. Or two, it is a bigger town, but by working up through the school system, many have learned too much about students in their age group. Without mystery there is no attraction. Combine this with the cliques people have involved themselves with and the settling in once again comes into play.
If it is not one of these scenarios, odds are a person moved a lot when they were young. This scenario accounts for another fifteen percent of the pie.
Distance makes the heart grow fonder, which is a slippery slope in the dreaded long distance relationship. The other five percent of the pie accounts for the more obscure upbringings.
Regardless of how these things sprout, the whole dynamic changes once it moves into college. The socially agreed upon norm for getting married and starting a family is not far out of college.
College, compared to most high schools, is a land of opportunity. Options a plenty twist the vice bolt and bend beliefs.
With the influx of temptation and more relatable subjects at one’s disposal, the idea of high school sweet hearts is slowly dwindling. Many people are probably asking themselves, “Did these threats and options not exist in the past?”
And you’re right, they most definitely did. The change, however, is in the yearning for an experience and the acceptable, when you are a person of many partners. Those cute, now nostalgic, high school sweet hearts, who run with the newfound options and temptations of college may have a dangerous future ahead.