A new Pew Research Center survey of 13- t0 17-year-olds examines how teens flirt, date and even break up in the digital age.
Here are six key findings: When it comes to meeting romantic partners, most teens do this offline.
Developing relationships, especially the romantic kind, are a fundamental part of growing up.
Social media and mobile technology now permeate the lives of many teens, including their romantic relationships.
The 2013 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey found approximately 10% of high school students reported physical victimization and 10% reported sexual victimization from a dating partner in the 12 months* before they were surveyed. Teens receive messages about how to behave in relationships from peers, adults in their lives, and the media. Risks of having unhealthy relationships increase for teens who: Dating violence can be prevented when teens, families, organizations, and communities work together to implement effective prevention strategies.
All too often these examples suggest that violence in a relationship is normal, but violence is never acceptable.
Aside from in-person flirting, social media is the most common way teens express interest in someone they have a crush on.
Additionally, 55% of teens say they show interest in someone by flirting with them in person.
Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.
Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.
However, teens use a range of terms to characterize their romantic relationships; common terms include—hanging out, hooking up, going out, crushing, flirting, seeing, etc.
Try not to let the differences in language keep you from being on the same page in talking with your kids about these relationships.