Claire Mc Carthy, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, said it best in a Huffington Post blog on teen online dating.
“Safety has to be first and foremost,” she wrote in a 2013 post.
Another troubling aspect: Sometimes, these teen relationships take place entirely online—the couple might go out for months and then break up without ever actually meeting in person. How are we parents to know who our kids are connecting with online?
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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.
My budding romance depended on whether I heard the shrill ring of an old-fashioned land-line phone. The social lives of today’s teens don’t revolve around waiting for their phones to ring.
Ok Cupid did some great research and found something as simple as “What’s up? We’re all busy people with busy schedules, which means phone calls are almost becoming obsolete and we use fewer and fewer words to get our point across. The only exceptions to this rule are “haha” and “lol”.
However, that doesn’t mean what works for colleagues or siblings is what works in dating. And remember, proper punctuation is sexy and shows her that you’re at least somewhat literate.
Listen to Okcupid — the way you text a friend should not be the way you text or message a woman you’re interested in. Yes, we said “Frozen”, the Disney movie that swept the world off its feet.
Match.com’s 2014 Year in Review report revealed that 5,500 users said “Frozen” was their favorite movie that year, by far beating out hundreds of other titles.
Some of the girls quoted in the high school newspaper story said they got fed up with using Tinder when boys immediately requested that they send nude photos.
But, really, what can we expect from a dating app that focuses on appearance?
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.
At least that’s what teens said in a recent story about online romance in the student newspaper at my daughters’ suburban Maryland high school.
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