By S.S. (14 years old)
I strongly disapprove of teen dating because teenagers are too young and immature to date. There are many reasons why teens especially teenage girls shouldn’t date.
When teens fall in love, they might not be able to concentrate on their studies. As a result, they might flunk their grades and incur the wrath of their parents. They might even lose the opportunity to enter college or drop out of school before they finish secondary school.
Should a girl become pregnant, she is going to suffer big time. She will have to undergo a few months of deep anxiety. If she is afraid to tell her parents or any adult, she will not have the benefit of prenatal care or moral support. Indeed, the unfortunate girl will be having a difficult time from the moment she realises she has conceived up to the time she delivers her baby.
After giving birth, the young mother’s troubles continue to unfold. She has to face more decisions. She has to decide whether to continue her education or take care of her child. If she wishes to resume her studies, she might have to give up her infant for adoption.
In Malaysia, a lot of girls have resorted to baby dumping due to social stigma. The fear of facing rejection from their parents, relatives, peers, teachers, neighbours and community can overwhelm the desperate teen mother into taking the risk of dumping her baby. In the event that an offender is found out and arrested, she faces a jail sentence.
Teen dating is certainly not an option if I want a bright future. I certainly won’t be messing up my life by following the crowd or indulging in a whim, however pleasurable it might be. Poor grades, soured relationship with my parents, getting pregnant and dropping out of school are definite no-noes for this teenage girl.
- What do you think of teen dating?
- Pitfalls of the Teen Dating Scene
- Teens and Dating
- The Rise of Baby Dumping in Malaysia