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.Once a student has sex, it becomes less of an issue in future relationships.," but don't hold its too-cute title against it—looked at how and when high-school students choose mates and their preferences when searching for a partner. These are truisms known to anyone who has watched 10 minutes of a teen movie or spent 10 minutes in a high school cafeteria.So are some other old prom-era chestnuts: Teen boys are primarily—obsessively?—interested in sex, whereas girls, no matter how boy-crazy, tend to focus on relationships.Young men frequently fib about their sexual experience, whereas young women tend to be more truthful.
"If you don't let it slide, you don't have a boyfriend." Dating, in other words, is a market like any other, and market power is determined by the abundance of resources.
Where there are more girls, the male preference for sex tends to win out.
Of course, all this raises a question that has long bedeviled scores of Y. novelists, not to mention millions of teenagers: In high school, how exactly does one define a "relationship"?
Though that will undoubtedly come as cold comfort to those legions of lonely 14-year-old boys.
In a controversial article for Independent School Parent, Richard Cairns, the head of Brighton College recently stated that girls at single-sex schools may thrive academically, but would be "at a huge disadvantage" if they didn't learn how to socialise with boys in mixed-sex classrooms.