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Before you realize the wonders of sex, holding hands can feel almost orgasmic. Thomas and I spent the majority of our relationship passing notes and communicating through our friends. You should really talk to your boyfriend instead of relying on hearsay.This isn’t just an important skill to learn in order to get through high school and college, but when you grow up and visit mom and dad over the holidays with your adult boyfriend, you definitely want to have been able to have mastered that technique long ago. I don’t know ― maybe because we were all 12 and 13, and change our minds on a dime?

Everyone follows these relationships with the intensity of a Game of Thrones binge-watcher, for reasons that I don’t really know.

Plus, rumors are created right and left about these relationships causing mistrust and eventually leading to “the big breakup”.

My first middle school boyfriend’s name was Thomas. J., which I never cared for, so I insisted on calling him Thomas.

Honestly, he didn’t have the qualities that one would imagine a Thomas to have, but we were 12, and it’s not like I was worldly enough to pass too much judgment. Of course the kiss your middle school boyfriend will teach you, although tantalizing and exciting, will pale in comparison to the kisses to come.

To prove that when it comes to dating and love, we can all still act pretty damn childish, The Atlantic asked a handful of middle school kids, “What is dating like?

” The seventh grade boys and girls had some pretty interesting ideas on what dating, at least at their age is like, in regards to their personal experiences and what they’ve witnessed in the hallways of school.But then, the majority of students in my year were actually smarter than the average middle schooler, since we were a small middle school and had great teachers who were invested in our education. That being said, dating in middle school happens for the same “purpose” as it does in high school or even college: to have fun.Kids of that age have hormonal emotions that they haven’t really figured out, they just know that Jenny who sits two seats over in class is cute or Alex at their lunch table is fun to be around.Cooties are a thing of the past, and even kissing and cuddling isn’t so gross, so middle schoolers decide that they want to get to know this person better, much like high schoolers or college students do.That’s not to say I think dating in middle school is a good idea. As I’ve written in the past, dating is pretty much garbage when you lack money or transportation.When the two people say they are dating, nothing really changes except for them being together more often and occasionally, GASP! In reality, there is no dating most of the time in middle school, just awkward staring and awkward smiles, but when there is dating it isn’t even really dating.Except for the 8th graders, at least in my school there’s been a lot of rumors about 8th graders, um, getting serious (if you know what I mean).Healthy romantic relationships are a very important developmental experience for teens.I Funny In middle school dating is a special privilege reserved usually for the popular kids, but occasionally is granted to those who are just completely compatible and practically made for each other.But what is most interesting about the video is that dating at 12 and 13 isn’t all that different from dating as an adult.In other words, you can never go wrong with heading to Chipotle on a date, especially a first date.

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