After high school (and a mission, for a young man), if young adults become emotionally intimate and naturally desire physical intimacy, they are in a position to do something about it: they could get married.
But if teens become emotionally intimate and naturally desire physical intimacy, they can’t do anything about it.
The two people aren’t “a couple” or “an item,” and they don’t refer to each other as a “boyfriend” or “girlfriend.” They don’t pair off. This is the kind of dating the Church encourages you to do after you turn 16.
You should put aside a need to find a “one and only.” If you’re dating casually, you don’t expect a relationship to become a romance.
Friendship is when two people discover they have similar interests, similar views—things in common.