Of those who have met a partner online, the majority met on social media sites, and the bulk of them met on Facebook.
While most teen romantic relationships do not start online, technology is a major vehicle for flirting and expressing interest in a potential partner.
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.
By the time most children enter middle school their parents are starting to realize they’re not little kids anymore. Regardless, many are playing the part, wearing makeup, spending hours on Facebook and, much to their parents’ dismay, asking to go on dates.
Conventional wisdom says there’s no “right” age to start dating – it depends on the child’s maturity.
This type of indirect peer pressure can be positive if the partner and their friends steer clear of drugs and alcohol, or it can be an early introduction to a potentially life-altering problem.
For parents who are unaware of the people and dynamics at play, it’s difficult to know what you’re facing.
But new research suggests there is probably a “wrong” age to start dating: middle school.