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.Of those who have met a partner online, the majority met on social media sites, and the bulk of them met on Facebook.
One-quarter (24%) of teen “daters” or roughly 8% of all teens have dated or hooked up with someone they first met online.
This survey on teens and dating abuse reveals that an alarming number of teens in dating relationships are being controlled, threatened and humiliated through cell phones and the Internet with unimaginable frequency.
The research also reveals disturbing data that a significant majority of parents are completely unaware of this type of dating abuse and the dangers facing their teens. Download the full report for more information on the role of technology in dating abuse.
Sixty-two percent have friends who have been called stupid, worthless or ugly by their dates. Nearly half of those preteens or "tweens" who responded said they had been in a dating relationship.
The survey considers tweens to be between 11 and 14 years of age.
The survey asked about three different categories of romantic relationships and found: Some 64% of teens indicate that they have never been in a romantic relationship of any kind (and 1% declined to provide their relationship status).