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—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.
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.
For 30-year-olds, that might mean predicating a relationship on willingness to marry or have kids.
For high schoolers, that might mean basing a relationship on, well, the Arcidiacono notes that there's a treasure trove of statistical data on the dating preferences, rather than pairings, of adults, due to dating sites like
Among freshman boys, what's rare, and therefore valuable, are freshman girls willing to have a relationship and, even better, willing to have sex.
Among senior girls, what's valuable and scarce are boys willing to have a relationship without having sex.
"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.
Rather sweetly, the Add Health study considers two a pair when they hold hands, kiss, and say "I love you." (It seems to me this knocks most high-school relationships out of consideration, but the criteria are the criteria.) And when does that happen?
Boys and girls in the same grade account for about 42 percent of relationships, while older boys dating younger girls make up 40 percent of high-school relationships, and older girls dating younger boys make up 18 percent.
For them, a relationship at some point becomes more important than purity.
Because of that phenomenon, in schools with more boys than girls, the girls hold more cards and have less sex.