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Am I too young to be Aromantic?

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Hi, I’ve never really felt any kind of romantic attraction. Not even crushes, although up until recently I would pick people to say I had crushes on because I felt like I didn’t fit in. I don’t know that I even want to be in a relationship, I’ve never really understood romantic love and the way it makes people act. For a couple of years I’ve felt almost like I was doing something wrong, Or that I was broken. I recently started considering being Aromantic and the thought just made me feel like I could belong and be happy with the way I feel. The thing is my best friend didn’t feel any attraction until a year ago so she thinks I’m just a late bloomer and one day I’ll feel it too. She might be right, I’m only fifteen and I know a lot changes as you grow up. I’m just tired of feeling like I don’t fit. Is it okay for me to identify Aromantic even though I’m still young?

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Personally, I don't think you are too young to know. Because of the rules of the site, I am assuming you are older than 13, but even if you were younger, I think you know yourself best.

Also, if you identify as aromantic, then start experiencing attraction, then you can stop using the label.

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Of course it is! You're never too young/too old. If you end up feeling attraction someday, it's not a big deal. If you don't, it's also not a big deal.

 

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No, you are definitely not too young to identify as aro

I would put it like this, someone who was romantic could quite easily make that known at your age, so why would it be wrong to claim you don't feel that way.

Maybe you will bloom late, but put this in balance. I didn't even know of the term till my mid twenties which really sucks. Learning about aromanticism late on meant I was trying to navigate a world of love blind till then and making mistakes which could have been fixed knowing about aromanticism, for example understanding QPRs and why I felt awful with the idea of dating. As well as knowing I was not alone in being uncomfortable. You have a great opportunity because you are aware of aromanticism already.

So take that label, if it doesn't fit you later that's fine, but you have nothing to lose from trying it out. If it turns out you are aro though, by trying the label out and learning in aro spaces you get a great advantage from being aware and settled in your identity before you hit adulthood.

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You can identify however you want, just be open to the possibility that it might change :)

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