I know and 8 year-old who has been 'dating' since she got her first boyfriend at 5. I am 14, and have never had a relationship. Personally, I believe when to date seriously is very much down to the indervidual. Let's face it, when you're 11, your future doesn't go beyond hanging with your mate Gary next saturday. TO be in a relationship, you generally want the same things. At 11 people don't know what they want.
I think under 11 dating is more 'I have a friend who is a guy/girl, so they have to be my boy/girlffriend' because for some reason many kids think they aren't allowed to be friends with the oppisite sex, if they're are the oppisite sex, they are a girl/boyfriend.
In teenage years, young teenage years, I would say it's more of a learning experience like many people on here. There isn't anything wrong with it; it's part of growing up I guess.
Many people I know, even my parents, had boy/girlfriends when they were 10. Now they're older, they realise they were just silly crushes and all that. I'm 14 and have never been asked out (not really tbh, I mean, sarcastically many times because of a boy's joke, which I still get D: Maturity, right? But once this guy Andy did because it was mufti day and I looked very good that day ;D) and don't feel fully ready for a relationship. I prefer close friends, but I must say if I got a partner I would probably turn into one of those annoying 'OH MY GOD I LOVE MA BOY/GIRL ♥" teens, and it would be a learning experience.
Also, may I add, psychologically a crush only lasts 4 months. If it lasts longer, you're already in love. So younger people get a crush, act immeditely, get the guy/girl, and in 99% of cases break up once the 4 month-or-so period has gone. I say 99%, because there is a 11 year-old couple in the UK who are engaged. Personally, I think that's ridiculous, because once they get older they probably won't want the same things, and they will change a lot. But I think it's wrong for me to completely right them off as young silly dreamers, because it could actually work. Yet due to what usually happens and biologically factors we all make the presumtion and laugh at it.
As I said, it depends on the person, and whether it is really love or just for a) show b) the fact they're the other sex c) crushes d) ect.
I see you too! XD