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.
Finding out that a boy likes you makes you feel pretty and popular boosting your preteen self-esteem.
Finding out 11.4 days later that he is “so over you”destroys your self-esteem, affirming all of your middle-schooler suspicions that you are unattractive, awkward, and that no one really likes you.
Feeling older and more mature than you really are can lead to choices and responsibilities you’re not ready for.