Technology and dating abuse

It might seem like every teenager spends 90% of the day on their phone at this point.

But, the research indicates that most teens are meeting romantic partners in real life and establishing relationships with people who they have met and spent time with in person.

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.

Social media apps will suggest people for users to befriend based on connections that they have in common.

While the thought of a teen meeting up with someone they have met online sounds risky, many teens also use social media and the internet to research the person extensively as well.

One NIJ-funded study examined the prevalence of dating violence among 5,647 teens (51.8 percent female, 74.6 percent Caucasian) from 10 middle schools and high schools (representing grades 7-12) throughout New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. "Partner Violence Among Adolescents in Opposite-Sex Romantic Relationships: Findings from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health." 91 (October 2001): 1679-1685.

Findings indicated that within the past year: The study also specifically examined dating violence rates among teens who had dated within the past year (66 percent of total teens; n = 3,745).

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