Unsurprisingly, the majority of high school boys want to have sex (though only 47.6 percent of freshmen boys do).Unsurprisingly, the majority of high school girls do not (though 50.1 percent of senior girls do).(They looked only at opposite-sex relationships within the same school.) That's uncommon: Most academic studies on marriage and partner-matching use a technique called "," which looks at pre-existing couples and defines the characteristics they do and do not have in common.
So are some other old prom-era chestnuts: Teen boys are primarily—obsessively?
—interested in sex, whereas girls, no matter how boy-crazy, tend to focus on relationships.
But in examining the Add Health data, he and his colleagues found one classic economic tenet driving the byzantine high-school dating market: Scarcity determines value.
Among freshman boys, what's rare, and therefore valuable, are freshman girls willing to have a relationship and, even better, willing to have sex.
Young men frequently fib about their sexual experience, whereas young women tend to be more truthful.
Once a student has sex, it becomes less of an issue in future relationships.Among senior girls, what's valuable and scarce are boys willing to have a relationship without having sex.on dating at the University of North Carolina, where for every three women there are only two men.One coed argues that the gender imbalance has engendered a culture where men routinely cheat on their female partners."That's a thing that girls let slide, because you have to," the student explains."If you don't let it slide, you don't have a boyfriend." Dating, in other words, is a market like any other, and market power is determined by the abundance of resources.