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.
The crazy intensity of the passion and attraction phase fades a bit after a while.
Like putting all our energy into winning a race, this kind of passion is exhilarating but far too extreme to keep going forever.
The third ingredient in a love relationship, commitment, is about wanting and deciding to stay together as a couple in the future — despite any changes and challenges that life brings.
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.
This is the time when people start thinking about finding someone they can commit to in the long run — a love that will last.
When people first experience falling in love, it often starts as attraction.