November 21, 2006

Long Chain High School Relations

A study of high school dating/sex pairings revealed interesting patterns and one weird rule:

The research reveals a semantically complex rule that seems to guide adolescent sexual conduct. Here goes: A girl is loath to date her old boyfriend’s new girlfriend’s old boyfriend.

Weird!

One pattern that was revealed consisted of a long chain (a ring, actually) of teens, a pattern that the students themselves were likely unaware of.

Posted by James at November 21, 2006 8:03 AM
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Almost as though the girl liked her old boyfriend, and the idea that another girl had switched to her boyfriend was a "trading up" type of action. And therefore she would be trading down if she were to date that girls old boyfriend.

Or something like that. Probably no real logic behind it, but it is interesting.

Posted by: James at November 21, 2006 1:51 PM

Yes, that's exactly what I would have posted, had I commented in this thread. The rejected man of the rejected man's new squeeze is clearly no catch. But of course, there are a number of other scenarios, depending on who dumped whom in each relationship, and I was trying to reason out a biological basis for it when I decided I didn't really care. :-)

I guess the question would be -- why would offspring of that union (girl + ex's new girl's ex) not survive? Maybe it's just too much in-breeding if each couple had children.

Maybe it has nothing to do with biology, maybe it's purely social.

Posted by: Maggie at November 21, 2006 2:00 PM

Oops, I should clarify -- to much inbreeding if each couple had children and then those children had children.

Posted by: Maggie at November 21, 2006 2:01 PM

Ooops, I should spell-check, that should be "too."

Posted by: Maggie at November 21, 2006 2:02 PM

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