Why let the genie out of the bottle any earlier than necessary?
Being known as “Steven’s Girlfriend” gives a 12-year-old girl a sense of identity and a place in the crowd.
Sometimes they break up with a romantic attachment to find that while they were all dreamy-eyed and in love, their other friendships cooled for lack of attention, leaving them “lost” in the social landscape.
Having a girlfriend makes you feel older and cooler.
Feeling older and more mature than you really are can lead to choices and responsibilities you’re not ready for.