The study analyzed 594 10th-graders over seven years as they were asked about their dating lives, happiness, and mental health. This was then cross-referenced with ratings from their teachers -- one of the rare times an educator will comment on their students' love lives, except for literally every moment they spend in the teachers' lounge. Unexpectedly, researchers found that non-daters tended to have equal to above-average interpersonal and leadership skills, and were better at maintaining platonic relationships. They also tended to suffer less from depression and suicidal thoughts than students more frequently date. Not exactly a high bar to vault, though. Have you ever met a dumped teen?
Since the study respected the adolescents' privacy and allowed them to define what a romantic relationship is for themselves, the results aren't that thorough, as it's impossible to tell how many friends with benefits or Canadian girlfriends were stacked into the deck. Nonetheless, its authors feel that the statistics are plenty convincing to encourage schools to stop putting pressure on single teens by treating them as abnormal -- or in the case of Christian schools, as bullet points in their abstinence-only sex education programs.