Young Love: Teens fall for long-term engagements

As I’ve made my way through high school, I’ve progressively seen more and more people who throw themselves into long-term entanglements with no prior thought to how it will affect themselves and their futures.

I realize that for some people, those long-term entanglements are part of the future they have imagined for themselves, and that’s fine. My main concern is for the people who do not think of the serious, sometimes permanent, unifications.

What I mean by “long-term entanglements” is getting engaged, or even married, at such a young age.

According to sites that reference a census taken in 2011, only 54 percent of people who get married in high school remain happily married for 10 years.
Ten years isn’t a very big portion of the average American lifespan of 78.8 years — that’s a little under one-eighth of someone’s life.
Based on this information, I’d say it is in most high school sweethearts’ best interest to wait a few years after graduating to decide if the other person is the one with whom they will spend their lives. Especially since the chances of staying together after 10 years are shown as rising to 78 percent if they wait until they are about 25.

I also believe that one should be sure he or she knows a person before he or she commit to him or her. Knowing the person with whom one wants to be in a long-term relationship, to me, is as important as knowing oneself.
There have been times when I would see people engaged to someone with whom they were “totally in love” when in all actuality, they’ve barely known each other for a month.

This deeply concerns me.
I know that it is possible that you did actually find the love of your life but, please, for the sake of your happiness and safety, get to know the other person before you take the first step toward dedicating yourself to them.
All in all, what I am saying is that if one does feel the want or need to connect one’s life to someone else’s, think through and enter into it with one’s eyes wide open.