Dating for teen guys
—interested in sex, whereas girls, no matter how boy-crazy, tend to focus on relationships.
"If you meet him and decide he is wonderful, she should be allowed to date him," she says.
Unsurprisingly, the majority of high school girls do not (though 50.1 percent of senior girls do).
Over the course of four years, the power shifts from the freshman girls who don't want to have sex to the senior boys who do. Though high-school girls don't really want to have sex, many more of them end up doing so in order to "match" with a high-school boy.
Relatively little such data exists for teenagers, who mostly work the old-fashioned meet-someone-in-homeroom way.
But in examining the Add Health data, he and his colleagues found one classic economic tenet driving the byzantine high-school dating market: Scarcity determines value.