How Has Social Media, Mobile Technology Affected Teens’ Dating Lives?

Romance among teenagers has become a lot more complicated than sending your friend over to ask your crush’s friend if they like you.

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Romance among teenagers has become a lot more complicated than sending your friend over to ask your crush’s friend if they like you.

Pew Research Center surveyed more than 1,000 teens (aged 13 through 17) to determine the impact of technology on their dating and romantic life, and its findings included:

  • 35 percent are dating or have dated someone, with fewer than one-quarter (8 percent) having met a significant other online.
  • 59 percent of those with relationship experience (31 percent of the overall population) say social media makes them feel more connected to what is happening in their significant other’s life—65 percent of boys and 52 percent of girls.
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