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Explorer Cafe Spring 2017: April 19

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Opposing Viewpoints Topic: Teen Dating

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Pew Research Report

Teens, Technology and Romantic Relationships

Pew Research Center Report, October 1, 2015

Adolescence is a time of incredibly physical, social and emotional growth, and peer relationships – especially romantic ones – are a major social focus for many youth. Understanding the role social and digital media play in these romantic relationships is critical, given how deeply enmeshed these technology tools are in lives of American youth and how rapidly these platforms and devices change.

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. Online spaces are used infrequently for meeting romantic partners, but play a major role in how teens flirt, woo and communicate with potential and current flames.