Adolescence is the perfect time for growth of the individual whether it is in physical terms, social terms or in emotional aspects. Also, at this time, most of the teens look for peer relationships. It is a critical thing to understand the role played by social and digital media in these relationships.
Study shows that teens are interested in meeting, dating and breaking up in the digital zone. Yes, online places are not used all the time but these places play a major role for the teens.
Study has shown that almost 35% of American teens which are of ages 13 to 17 have dated and hooked up the another person with whom they were romantically connected. Also, almost 18% of teens are in a romantic relationship.
It is found that 57% of the teens started their friendship at online platforms. But teens are seen that they do not stay in the relationship which was started online. A large number of teens told that they dated partners which they met using offline methods.
Almost 8% of all the teens who have hooked up with the partner they met online. One of the interesting things is that most of the online daters were using social media websites especially Facebook. Study shows that around 55% of all the teens from the age group of 13 to 17 have shown people that they were interested.
Also, 47% of teens have shown their attraction by liking or commenting. Sometimes, they interacted with the person they liked using social media. Other than this, 31% of the teens sent flirtatious messages.
All flirting behaviors are not acceptable. There are almost 25% of teens who blocked someone as the person who was flirting in a way which was almost uncomfortable. 35% of teen girls blocked or the person who was flirting in an uncomfortable way.
There are several teens who feel connected at social media platforms. On these platforms, they can share their emotional connections and in this way, they can let the people know that they care. Other thing is that teens may face jealousy about their stable relationship.
So, some of the thinks that social media is quite helpful to them and make them feel more connected to their beloved ones. But some teens say that social media makes them feel jealous about their relationship.
Social media platform is the right place for the teens where they can show their public support and approval of other person’s romantic relationships. Almost 63% of teens have indicated support to their friend’s relationship. And they showed the support by liking something on the social media.
Girls are mostly involved in supporting their friend relationships with the help of social media platform. Not only this, some of the boys also supports their friend’s relationship in similar way. Also, teens from less income are more involved in these behaviors. There are various teens who described the scientific ways in which a relationship is shown in the social media.