After hanging out a few times, the couple has successfully graduated from the “just talking” phase.
Some face to face interaction has made it possible for them to be more comfortable and both have admitted, in some way, to liking the other person. This is the first big step towards being in an actual relationship.
Snapchat, Netflix, texting and evolving societal norms have definitely changed high school relationships.
But when it came down to relationships, it wasn’t quite what I anticipated, either.
Imagine this: a young, well-dressed man rings the doorbell. He is a perfect gentleman and they wouldn’t have it any other way.
As his suitor emerges, they exchange the proper salutations. Now, imagine this: a group of seven teenagers are at the movies. Laughing and shouting, their friends subtly try to push the two toward each other. Though dramatically different, both scenarios are completely natural.
This phase is long and the couple usually hangs out in one of their basements or living rooms, watching movies.
This stage is activated when the boy officially asks the girl to be his girlfriend.
It's no longer normal to just ask a girl out on a date.
Instead, dating has become a game where couples must conquer many levels just to go on a real date.
Here are the stages I’ve established from observing couples throughout my years of high school. Friends often help move this stage along by forcing the couple into awkward encounters.
Once one successfully snaps a phone number to the other, this stage is over.
What ever happened to taking a girl out dancing, going steady, wearing your boyfriend’s class ring or just simple dating? They still haven’t had a real conversation yet so saying hello in person is weird.