First of all, I commend you for having the guts to ask the question where almost EVERYONE has a different answer. I have been asking this question for YEARS, not accepting any answer that wasn't "right now". You can already see the problem with that kind of mindset, right? Why ask a question when you won't accept certain answers? Before I give an reply to your question, you have to promise to be willing to hear something you may or may not want to hear. Okay, here we go! In my obviously extremely superior opinion, teenage dating should never, EVER, become a priority/put on your "to do" list. By realizing that it doesn't have to happen while you are still in junior high/high school, you gloriously step out of society's bubble of expectations, and that CAN be freeing. After you gracefully leave behind the naive mindset that says "you need to date in high school/ junior high", you can start to process and examine the question, " What is the point of dating?". "What is the point of making a public, slightly-serious commitment to someone that may bring a TON of pressure." Well.....here's the deal. My parents, and I'm sure most of your parents will as well, gave me a appropriate age to start dating. I wasn't allowed to date until my junior year. Having a set age can help you, so instead of having a deep intellectual conversation, you can just live in the fear of your parents grounding you for life if you break the rule. As a twelve to fifteen year-old, I couldn't stand this rule. It honestly didn't make any sense to me, because if I felt ready, I should have the trust and support of my parents, to do what's right, right? I'm a Christian and I knew all of this "abstinence till marriage" business; I had known for a long time. Dating is supposed to be a fun thing you do when your bae tells you that he/she likes you back, and you want to get to know him/her, while letting the world know that he/she is "yours" and the only hand he/she is holding at the movie theater is yours. How many of you thought my previous statement about what dating is supposed to be, really immature and naive? That's because it is, but as a young teen, I just wasn't ready. So our first point is; "Have a discussion with your parents". The second point shall be: "You will never be completely ready to start dating." Dating, by definition of the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is "The series of social engagements shared by a couple looking to get married." Can you see the difference between the average teenage dating and the average adult? A vast majority of teens date because of their feelings of strong love and connection to their partner RIGHT NOW. Although most will never be COMPLETELY ready to be in a relationship with someone in that way, a sign of being at a good level of maturity is when you don't choose your partner based on just temporary emotions. People change, sometimes for the better, and other times, not in the most wholesome way. Though you can't predict the future, you must remember that, to quote the famous Debbie Rundquist, "Every date is a potential mate!!". Marriage is SUPPOSED TO BE the goal of dating, okay? That's the plain solid truth. Even though you will never be completely ready to start any new relationship, it doesn't mean that you don't have time to grow and essentially "prepare" for the new stage in life. You want to be the partner that a Godly person that God has been saving for you will want to date, right? In order to have a healthy, happy, and respectable relationship with someone, you can't try to change other people and hope for the best by your influence. That is called manipulation, and in the end it will be really damaging and toxic for everyone involved.You need to pray and continue to grow in Christ-like character, and understand that this action requires a young teen as yourself to mentally and emotionally mature. I know a few of you were expecting and maybe hoping to see an age number to officially tell you "when it is okay for teenagers to start dating", but honestly, I can't do that. There is no UNIVERSALLY ACCEPTED age, and you won't find a number in the Scriptures either. It will come down to what your parents think is acceptable, which is why it's wisest to have that serious conversation with your parents/guardians. Even though you may not agree with their rules now, like I didn't, believe it or not, they have "Been around the block a few times." It will then also equally have to come down to the fact that you should only do it when you have proven yourself to be ready, emotionally and mentally. Dating is no game, but it is what could be a truly life enhancing experience! If you do it the right way, you most definitely will never regret it. The rewards at the end will be more than you could have dreamed.