It turned out her mom had just passed away and I wound up taking her home.
The silver lining here is that we’re actually still dating now and it’s going on two years, but at the time I felt awful.
New analyses of 40 years of data (1976-2016) show that the percentage of 12th graders who have ever gone on a date has never been lower.
The bigger picture The notion of a slow path toward adult activities seems to imply that just about all adolescents will end up engaging in all the activities supposedly associated with adulthood — they will just be slower to get there.
It is the way scholars have often thought about young adults — sure, they may be slower than they were in the past to get around to marrying or having kids, but give them time, and they’ll get there. For example, a Pew Research Center report estimated that by the time today’s young adults reach the age of 50, about 25 percent of them will have been single their entire lives.
The percentages for the subsequent years are below.
Notice that percentages decrease consistently over time.
And there were a few funny stories that happened, and plus I figured it’d give me some good brownie points and impress my date, right?