But these are definitely not true of all Amish adolescents — about half in large communities and the majority in smaller communities will not alter their lives in any way during this time period — so it definitely doesn’t do well to say that this is something to expect of all Amish teens.
In fact, there are communities who look at Rumspringa as a time of introspection and self-actualization.
Definitely tread gently if you’re looking to date an Amish person during their Rumspringa, because you could wrongly convince someone to ruin their lives.
Your best karmic bet, would be to simply remain and treat them as friends - no pressure, no pushing - let them make their decision on their own so in the end you're not liable.
Amish singles are looking for a long term and committed relationship and will only date those they deem “marriage material”.
If that’s not what you’re looking for then don’t date an Amish person, especially if they’re in the middle of their Rumspringa - it's just a recipe for bad Karma.
While the meaning of “eased up on” changes from community to community, some are allowed to dress in “English” clothes and spend extended periods of times away from home, involving themselves in activities unavailable within the Amish community.
Most Amish youth become baptized between the ages of 18-22, after which they are likely to get married.
This is a pivotal point in a young Amish person’s life and in some cases can make them vulnerable.