BOSTON (CBS) — If your teen isn’t showing interest in dating, don’t worry. That’s probably not such a bad thing.

A new study from the University of Georgia finds that teens who don’t date tend to be less depressed.

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Most teens have had some type of romantic experience by the time they’re 15 to 17 years of age and many people believe that dating during adolescence is important for a child’s emotional and social growth.

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But researchers say not so fast. They examined data on kids from 6th through 12th grade and found that non-dating students had similar or better interpersonal skills than those who dated more frequently and that teachers rated non-dating students significantly higher in terms of social and leadership skills.

Non-daters also were less likely to be depressed.

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That’s not to say dating is bad, but researchers say not dating doesn’t make a teen a social misfit and that both dating and not dating should be considered acceptable and healthy options for teens.