Dating Violence / E-News / Parent Tips / Parent-Teen Communication / Parenting / Setting Boundaries / Sexual Assault / Teen Apps / Teen Peer Groups / Teen self-esteem / Teen Sexting / Teens and Technology can often seem mysterious in this digital age. The Pew Research Institute conducted research on this very topic and published its findings in 2015.
It’s not always easy for a parent to ascertain the nature of their child’s relationships or to keep track of the ups and downs that take place during these romantic relationships. The hope is that the findings will help parents have a better understanding of the role that technology plays in their teen’s dating life and how they can be supportive even if they lack personal experience with these new norms.
When a teen is in a romantic relationship, technology has dictated the new norms around communication.
Help keep youth safe by discussing what healthy communication in relationships looks like—both online and offline.
It was late fall during my freshman year at college.
My friends and I were piled on my dorm bed, staring at the phone and willing it to ring.
The fall formal dance was just a week away and I was hoping a boy I liked would ask me to go with him.
There was no way I could leave the room: What if he called and I wasn’t there to answer the phone? Dorm rooms didn’t come with answering machines and the development of voice mail was light years away.
The Pew Research Center conducted a series of focus groups with teenagers between April 2014 and March 2015 to find out.
The focus groups provided researchers a glimpse of how teens use technology in dating.
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It’s no surprise to learn that 81 percent of teens use social media, according to data from The Pew Research Center.
Sure, teens still meet in the same ways that kids always have, but the low social risks associated with flirting online have made that option more acceptable to some than trying to talk face to face in a crowded school hallway.