Would you assume that there is something bad or wrong with that person that makes people not want to go out with them? Some feel they are not ready, some want to concentrate on their studies or sport, others are more tempted by the casual sex culture of temporary ‘hook-ups’.
Their finding that levels were similarly heightened in the two groups led these researchers to conclude that serotonin level is associated with those constant thoughts about the loved one that are part of being ‘love struck’.
Teenage bodies and brains are maturing at a rate not experienced since infancy.
There is a growth spurt, development of secondary sex characteristics and young people change in appearance from child to adult.
The singer of a plaintive hit song from the 1950s croons ‘Each night I ask the stars up above, Why must I be a teenager in love? In modern pop songs, young people still sing about their crushes, unrequited loves and romantic break-ups; about feeling awkward, unsure, in despair, overwhelmed, joyous and inspired, although these days the sexual imagery is much more obvious.
’, as he bemoans the ups and downs of his romance, one minute on top of the world, next minute in the deepest slough of despondency. And it can appear that the tender feelings of first love are at odds with today’s world of ‘out there’ sexuality.