Dating, not sex.
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Obviously, situation dictates in all things, but that won't stop me from having an opinion.
If by dating, we mean going on casual outings with friends of the opposite sex, then I think that is probably fine for 16+.
If by dating, we mean pursuing a romantic interraction with others, then I think that should wait until 18+
My reasoning, is that I think romantic pursuits which are not reasonably plausible to result in long-term manogamy are fruitless, and its usually impossible to see that far into your future until you've finished highschool.
In highschool, regardless of how you feel about someone, you usually have idea where either of you will be after you graduate. Once your legal adults, you might find yourselves going in completely different directions, which could land you in an awkward long-distance relationship for many years. I've seen such ling-distance relationships with highschool sweethearts work, but I still wouldn't recommend it as the norm.
I think for most peiple, if you have a crush in highschool, you often have a better chance of being with them by remaining friends and re-visiting the idea of romance after you've planned your college/career paths than putting yourselves in an early relationship which is likely to be pulled apart awkwardly upon the transition to adulthood.
Again though, nothing is certain, so situation dictates.0