a characteristic of socializing with the opposite sex predominantly

Heterosociality is a term used in sociology. It refers to social relationships between persons of the opposite sex.[1] It is the opposite of homosociality. Heterosocial interactions, or social interactions with peers of the opposite sex, may serve a number of developmental functions during adolescence.[2] These can include intimacy, friendship, and include sexual experimentation and activity.[2]


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