A majority of teens with dating experience (76%, or 26% of all teens) say they have only dated people they met via in-person methods. One-in-five (20%) of all teens have used their social networks to find new partners by following or friending someone because a friend suggested they might want to date them.
Still, a quarter of teen daters (24%, or 8% of all teens) have dated or hooked up with someone they first met online. Older teens are more likely to do this than younger ones; 23% of 15- to 17-year-olds have followed someone at a friend’s behest for dating purposes, while 15% of 13- and 14-year-olds have done so.
“The worst part for me is the techno aspect of dating for kids now – not forming face to face relationships- sexting – the whole shebang.
It makes me scared for teenagers today”, says one mother.
Loneliness is a big problem in teens and I find these dating apps really help in a way which meeting up with girlfriends can’t.
What do you expect your daughter to do when she (quite rightly) wants to interact with boys?
Because “Spotafriend” was in the top spot, I downloaded it and began to login with my personal Facebook account. Well, this very high tech safe guard sequence was literally me, taking a selfie, holding up three fingers. I’m a 42 year old woman; who is not supposed to be using this app, according to their disclaimer. It’s hard to meet new friends when you’re stuck in school with the same people all day, year after year. And isn’t it up to their parents to expose them to different cultures and lifestyles? Given the fact that kids are in fact having sex younger these days, this combination has danger written all over it. I have to say that at first glance, most photos are relatively innocent looking and very selfie-ish and very few teens bother to write anything about themselves in the description. Do I initiate contact with one of these kids, for the purpose of journalism or just delete the app? I go back to Google and find some pre-press for this app from earlier this year. Built for i Phone, Spotafriend has a security feature to block adults and predators….” Secure my ass! Clearly there is no real safe guard, age restriction or parental control within this app, which frightens me.I have been at an all girls boarding school for the entirety of my teen life and it really isn’t possible to meet boys my age in person.Teenagers like me need some form of exposure to the opposite sex which frankly isn’t available in person.Yeah thats a problem but isn’t 19 year old WOMEN talking to 13 year old BOYS a problem too.I get your argument and its a good one but try to not be sexist next time its not just some men that go after girls theres been women that do it too […] of this process not being a full proof safety measure.One writer, Lisa Schmidt, 42, writing for Global Dating Insights, wrote an interesting piece on how easily her selfie passed the application process as she posed as […] I really don’t see the problem with spotafriend.It is up to the parents to talk to their kids about this so they know the risks of talking to strangers online.Facebook was mentioned 46 times in the open-ended responses to this question, while the second-most popular (Instagram) was cited only eight times. I still talk to her, but we’re not together.” And for some teens, online relationships, like offline ones, can be uncomfortable and devolve into creepy situations. Older teens ages 15 to 17 are more likely than younger teens to search for information online about current or prospective romantic partners, with 35% of older teens searching, while 16% of younger teens do so.Twitter, Kik and online gaming also were mentioned in a small number of responses, as were a range of other social media, video and chat sites (Hot or Not, IMVU, My Space, Omegle, Meet Me and Snap Chat each were mentioned once in these responses). One high school girl related the experience of one of her friends: High School Girl: “She met this guy through Facebook and … But he said he lived in Florida and then last weekend, she got a ring in the mail from him. Similarly, older teens are more likely than younger ones to search for information online about a past romantic partner – while 17% of 15- to 17-year-olds have searched for information about someone they dated or hooked up with in the past, just 7% of all 13- to 14-year-olds have done so.Half of this group (representing 12% of all teens with dating experience, or 4% of all American teens) have met just one romantic partner online, while the other half have met more than one partner online. And so she told him that it was the wrong address because he asked her. Boys and girls are equally likely to friend a potential partner on another friend’s recommendation.Among teens with dating experience, boys and girls are equally likely to say they have met someone online, and younger and older teens are equally likely to have experienced this as well. Teens also avail themselves of the search capacities of the internet to connect to more information about romantic prospects.