Oh the modern teen.

So TMZ caught Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez at the IHOP in Philly the other day. Apparently they were on a date and held hands and giggled. Over pancakes. Sounds about right, right? Click here if you haven’t yet seen the photo of them leaving arm in arm. If you have a 12 year old who seems particularly forlorn today, this would be why.

Bieber is 16. Selena is 18.

When I was 18, there was no f-cking way I was dating a 16 year old. When I was 18, it was either my grade or much older. It was only when I got older that I started testing the limits of gay math. But this is not the point. The point is, for the modern teenage girl, does Bieber’s fever fame trump the younger age gap? If you polled ten 18 year old regular civilian girls right now, and asked them if they’d date Bieber, two years their junior, would they say yes because he’s THE Justin Bieber? Like, check out that picture. Because she has to hunch to be as short as he is.

There’s also the matter of this generation and their lover-sharing. Everyone in every friend circle ends up, at one time or another, messing around with everyone else. Taylor Lautner/Selena Gomez/Taylor Swift. Nikki Reed/Robert Pattinson/Kristen Stewart. Vanessa/Dan/Serena/Nate/Blair/Chuck. Ebola Hilton/Brody Jenner/Avril Lavigne. Now Demi Lovato/Justin Bieber/Selena Gomez. There are SO many examples. But it makes an already tense Lovato/Gomez situation even more so, non?

Photos attached of Selena and Bieber performing at the Jingle Ball the other night after their date.

Photos from Gilbert Carrasquillo/Splashnewsonline.com