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New Teenage Relationship Statistics Show How It Happens Online

October 20, 2016
Teenage relationships

We live in the digital age. No wonder that more and more teenagers search for their love on the Internet. They use social media like Facebook as well as dating apps like Tinder or MeetMe. Shy teens do not have the courage to strike up a conversation at school or meet someone on the street. So they feel much more confident when hiding behind the monitor. The Internet makes the whole process far easier.

What Is a Romantic Relationship for Teens?

Have you ever seen a teenager in love? More or less, they feel the same way adult people do like having butterflies in the stomach. Having a romantic relationship means sharing visions, attitudes, and dreams with the significant other. But teenager relationships are usually more complex and, therefore, painful. Adolescents are more vulnerable, sensitive and can poorly control their emotions. Their feelings are greatly amplified. Just recall the tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet.

How Teenagers Express Their Romantic Interest

It is remarkable that teens show their attraction online in a very peculiar way. Firstly, they ‘friend’ the person they like on Facebook or any other social network. Secondly, they like and comment their photos and posts, and send funny emojis. Some bold teens even like all the pictures available on the page at once. Thus, they want to show their sympathy towards the new friend.

online dating

Source: loveisrespect.org

The next level of expressing affection is chatting with the object of interest. Usually, it starts with “Hi there, what are you up to?” Then, message after message, a conversation gradually becomes more meaningful. If everything goes fine, they will meet face-to-face soon and go out on their first real date. This is an example of healthy relationships for teens.

It is entirely another story when online interest turns into infatuation. For instance, teenagers can regularly check someone’s page on social media in order to know what they post and which content they like and comment. And who does like their posts in return? The unpleasant discovery may cause heart-burning, anger, and even rage. If this happens, there are grounds to talk about obsession.

According to teenage relationships statistics, there are the following ways teenagers use to show their attraction to someone:

  • 55% of teens flirt with the object of their romantic interest and talk to them in person.
  • 50% of teens friend them on Facebook or any other social network.
  • 47% of teens interact with them on social media by liking and commenting on their pictures and posts.
  • 46% of teens share some funny content with them online.
  • 31% of teens send the flirtatious messages.
  • 11% of teens create a music playlist.
  • 10% of teens send flirty or sexy photos or videos of themselves.
  • 7% of teens shoot a video.

The statistics show that half of the teenagers have a desire to flirt with someone in real life, while the other half prefer to do this online. Obviously, there are many factors involved here. Mood, introversion, insecurity are just some of them.

Pitfalls of Online Relationships for Teenagers

teenage relationship tips

Source: ParentMap.org

Surely, it is easier for teenagers to flirt with someone online than in real life. However, it is not all that simple as it seems at first glance. Some young people are fully satisfied with the status of their online relationships. They do not want to meet their romantic partner in person. Why is that? The reason is quite counterintuitive. They wouldn’t trust someone they met online.

Everyone must have heard of the cases when people used someone else’s photo as their profile picture. Teens are well aware of that and are afraid of being disappointed. It’s hard to imagine that the guy or the girl they chatted with every single day could be a different person in reality. To avoid this, a good teenage relationship advice would be to have a video call via Skype, for example, in order to create the illusion of a real talk and physical presence.

Let’s picture another situation. There are teenagers who are happy in love. They want to change their status from ‘Single’ to ‘In a relationship’ in social networks. This wish is easy to understand. The happy couple wants to share their happiness with the world. To do this, they post romantic photos displaying two of them, share love songs and funny videos. And what happens over some time?

Sadly, some couples split up. Whatever the reason is, they are not together anymore. What do teenagers do in that case? You got it right. They delete their joint photos to clear their mind from memories.

The teenagers willing to have online relationships need to keep their mind cold. There are some “rules” of the proper behaving online they have to stick to. Choosing a right way to express the romantic interest is one of them. Otherwise, teenagers could turn into online stalkers.

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Petra Lipfer
Petra Lipfer is a freelance blogger living in Orlando, Florida. She is passionate about everything concerting writing and the Internet. She is married and has two beautiful kids. She has a degree in Management and has taken several IT courses. Petra is a certified specialist in child online security. She enjoys blogging on everything concerning children, their security and parenthood in general. You can contact

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