Safe teen dating sites
Online datings sites are typically created with intention to encourage hookups, both casual and long term, for adults—not teens.However, research has found a growing trend in younger people registering for online dating sites.They use these popular sites as a way to meet other teens who have similar interests, and get to know them initially without the pressure that can come with actively pursuing a relationship.
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.It is estimated that 10 percent of 18 to 24 year olds are seeking dates online.One of the most popular dating apps, Tinder, is geared toward adults, but admits that 7 percent of it’s users are between the ages of 13 and 17.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.According to that story, “students initiate relationships online to meet new people, avoid stressful in-person meetings and hide their dating lives from their parents.” That’s certainly the case for some kids, according to my 17-year-old.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.Teens are much more likely to connect with each other through some form of social media, whether it’s Twitter, Instagram or matchmaking apps such as Tinder and Hot Or Not.It’s no surprise to learn that 81 percent of teens use social media, according to data from The Pew Research Center.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.The desire to find romance can be very strong and it’s only natural that our highly connected teens turn to social media and dating sites to help them find a date.Today we are going to look into online dating in society and the role it plays in how our teens look for companionship.