Of those who have met a partner online, the majority met on social media sites, and the bulk of them met on Facebook.
While most teen romantic relationships do not start online, technology is a major vehicle for flirting and expressing interest in a potential partner.
The days of teens bringing a homemade Valentine to school to give to their crush on February 14th are long past.
For today’s teens, flirting, dating and establishing romantic — and sexual — connections extends well beyond the halls of their schools.
“We have ninth graders who go to school with seniors, and they’re intermingling.
We’re not trying to stop that — it’s when they take it one step further.”So how do these instances make it from the private corners of teenagers’ lives to the desks of law enforcement officers?
How about the TV show Love Connection or that well-meaning friend that set you up with the “perfect” guy?
Adolescence is a time of incredibly physical, social and emotional growth, and peer relationships – especially romantic ones – are a major social focus for many youth.
Understanding the role social and digital media play in these romantic relationships is critical, given how deeply enmeshed these technology tools are in lives of American youth and how rapidly these platforms and devices change.
This report examines American teens’ digital romantic practices. The main findings from this research include: Overall, 35% of American teens ages 13 to 17 have ever dated, hooked up with or been otherwise romantically involved with another person, and 18% are currently in a romantic relationship.
It covers the results of a national Pew Research Center survey of teens ages 13 to 17; throughout the report, the word “teens” refers to those in that age bracket, unless otherwise specified. Though 57% of teens have begun friendships in a digital space, teens are far less likely to have embarked on a romantic relationship that started online.