What age is appropriate for dating
My 13 year old boy already has a girlfriend but with no sexual activity.
If a kid cannot figure how to handle their "feelings" with their friends then they certainly will not gain anything with a boyfriend/girlfriend.
It is not so much a concern as it is that this idea of kids dating as has been perpetuated via media.
Practically every show out there aimed at kids shows characters either dating, being in romantic relationships or the like.
By the way, my husband was a late bloomer and started dating at 19. A Confused Mother Dear Mother, I completely understand why you are confused.
First, the definition of dating is different these days than it was when you and your husband were younger.