I have a 14 year old daughter who will be starting high school next week. I'm wondering if this will start to come up. I didn't have any romantic interests in middle or high school, nor did I have many friends who were boys. In fact, mostly the opposite, the boys I knew were all pretty mean, so I can't really relate any of this to my own experiences, even if I could remember back that far.
My daughter does text some kids from her middle school, including at least one boy. They all seem pretty young for their ages, though, not like they are looking to pair off. I think there was only one girl in her 6th grade class who had a boyfriend. Most of her friends do not have any romantic attachments, and none of them seem overly interested at this point. She went to summer camp this year, and met a boy that I think she texted once. He lives nowhere around here. My husband think she's more interested in friends and developing socially in that way, and working up the courage to be interested in dating. She's never been very social, this summer was kind of a flowering. Not only did she ask me to take her shopping for clothes this summer, she's done more things socially with friends.
She has this one friend from kindergarten, and that girl apparently did have a boyfriend recently, because I keep hearing about the friend's "ex" which just seems funny to me. I don't think they ever dated in any typical way, they were just friends in daycamp together, maybe they texted, I don't know.