Teenage online dating
Along with in-person flirting, teens often use social media to like, comment, “friend” or joke around with someone on whom they have a crush.Among all teens: Each of the flirting behaviors measured in the survey is more common among teens with previous dating experience than among those who have never dated before.In this study, we asked teen daters about a number of things they might have done online or with a phone to someone they were dating or used to date.These behaviors fall on a spectrum of seriousness, from potentially innocuous to troubling.Some 27% of teens with relationship experience have broken up with someone via text message, 31% have been broken up with in this way.
However, even teens who indicate that social media has played a role in their relationship (whether for good or for bad) tend to feel that its role is relatively modest in the grand scheme of things.This study reveals that the digital realm is one part of a broader universe in which teens meet, date and break up with romantic partners.Online spaces are used infrequently for meeting romantic partners, but play a major role in how teens flirt, woo and communicate with potential and current flames. 10 through March 16, 2015; 16 online and in-person focus groups with teens were conducted in April 2014 and November 2014.But while some of these behaviors are at least relatively common among dating neophytes, others are almost entirely engaged in by teens with prior relationship experience.When it comes to “entry-level” flirting, teens who have never been in a romantic relationship are most comfortable letting someone know that they are interested in them romantically using the following approaches: Not all flirting behavior is appreciated or appropriate.
Some 69% of teen social media users with dating experience agree that too many people can see what’s happening in their relationship on social media; 16% of this group “strongly” agrees.