Pictues of two teenagers dating
They may doodle the person's name or think of their special someone while a particular song is playing. Because feelings of attraction and sexual interest are new, and they're directed at a person we want a relationship with, it's not surprising we confuse attraction with love.
It's all so intense, exciting, and hard to sort out.
In our teens — especially for guys — relationships are mainly about physical attraction.
But by the time guys reach 20 or so, they rate a person's inner qualities as most important.
The crazy intensity of the passion and attraction phase fades a bit after a while.
When people first experience falling in love, it often starts as attraction.
Sometimes couples who fall in love in high school develop committed relationships that last. But it's not because teens aren't capable of deep loving.
We typically have shorter relationships as teens because adolescence is a time when we instinctively seek lots of different experiences and try out different things.
Closeness, sharing, and confiding become more important to both guys and girls.
By the time they reach their twenties, most girls and guys value support, closeness, and communication, as well as passion.