And who does the high-school dating system disadvantage most, statistically?
Senior girls, at least according to the skew between stated sexual preferences and actual sexual activity.
These are truisms known to anyone who has watched 10 minutes of a teen movie or spent 10 minutes in a high school cafeteria.So are some other old prom-era chestnuts: Teen boys are primarily—obsessively?on dating at the University of North Carolina, where for every three women there are only two men.One coed argues that the gender imbalance has engendered a culture where men routinely cheat on their female partners.—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.Relatively little such data exists for teenagers, who mostly work the old-fashioned meet-someone-in-homeroom way.But in examining the Add Health data, he and his colleagues found one classic economic tenet driving the byzantine high-school dating market: Scarcity determines value.A tamer version of that observation is borne out in the economists' work among high schoolers.Unsurprisingly, the majority of high school boys want to have sex (though only 47.6 percent of freshmen boys do).In high-school terms, that means math nerds date math nerds, though members of the debate team may also qualify.) he or she seeks in a partner as well as what he or she ends up getting.