A 16 year old who find equitable companionship in a 12 year old is deeply immature for their age and needs serious psychological help.
(stands back and waits for the inevitable accusations of judgment and the threadbare defenses about the maturity of the 12 year old and I don't know them and how dare I.) And then I say the same thing again.
Ok,,, I'm a 16 year old and I'm dating a internet friend of mine (on deviantart) that's 12 years old. I really like him and he likes me too but at the same time I don't want to be known as a pedophile. Secondly are you actually dating or just talking online?
Pedophilia or paedophilia is a psychiatric disorder in which an adult or older adolescent experiences a primary or exclusive sexual attraction to prepubescent children.
When this question comes up in conversation, someone inevitably cites the “half your age plus seven” rule.