It allows you to get to know a number of people and to interact with everybody else in the group, fostering a feeling of friendship.
President Hinckley said, “Steady dating at an early age leads so often to tragedy.
Likewise, because girls are less driven by a desire for a physical relationship, they are generally in control of how far that aspect of the relationship will go.
Marriage is where these two components come together in more perfect harmony.
The question is not simply where you put your hands, but it’s where you put your heart.
Often two teens (especially LDS youth who know the Lord’s commandments) will be tempted to become physical only if they’ve already established the kind of relationship that would permit it—one that has already reached a level of emotional connectedness and commitment.