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At the same time, even teens who indicate that social media has had an impact on their relationship whether for good or for bad tend to feel that its impact is relatively modest in the grand scheme of things. Boys are a bit more likely than girls to view social media as a space for emotional and logistical connection with their ificant other. Teens in our focus group explained the way digital communication platforms — Teenager post dating media as well as texting — can enhance and expand on in-person meetings.
One high school girl noted:. Focus group teens told us how talking with their ificant other over text and social media helped them overcome shyness and create a greater sense of connection:. So I think he says more stuff, like how he feels through text. So it kind of makes [the relationship] stronger. Teenager post dating some, one other useful feature of multiple digital communication platforms e.
One high school boy from our focus groups relates his strategy:. And then you would go back and instead of talking to her, be like, sorry, I was in the shower or something like that. Or I was asleep? Do you know what I mean? You use different apps to talk to different girls. You can text one girl. You can be Kik-ing 10 another girl, then Snapchatting another girl. Photos and posts can be used by teens to incite jealousy in others, often former partners, and lead to jealous feelings for some teens. One high school girl explains her calculus:.
Teenager post dating seen in our report on teen friendshipssocial media allows users to curate their online presence in a way that puts their best digital foot forward, or shows a different side of their personality than they can show offline. At the same time, this self-presentation can sometimes appear inauthentic or phony to others. Teens tend to experience each of these behaviors to a lesser extent in the context of their romantic relationships than they do in their broader friend networks.
But a substantial minority feel that their partner acts differently — in positive or negative ways — on social media than he or she does in real life. On the other hand, there are no differences between boys and girls on the question of whether their partner is less authentic on social media than they are in real life. For a substantial minority of teens, social media offers a space to publicly express affection or solidarity with their romantic partner. Teens from less well-off households, as well as those who have met a partner online, are especially likely to have done this.
Among teens with relationship experience:. Teens in our focus group explained specific ways in which a relationship might be displayed on social media. And then other times, on Instagram it says in their bio, they put like the date that they started going out.
A high school boy explained what he believes must be on social media when dating someone. For real. Focus group teens also noted that posting publicly about a relationship — noting the date you started the relationship in your bio, declaring your affection, posting photos — sometimes had to do with gaining a sense of status, expressing possessiveness or getting attention from peers:. High school boy 1: You just want people to know.
Other focus group Teenager post dating questioned how meaningful and authentic these social media displays of affection really were:. A lot of people use it so loosely. Teens in our focus groups explained their concerns about people being overly involved, especially in breakups, and their discomfort with the permanence of posted content.
One high school boy explained why someone might not Teenager post dating to post any details about their relationship on social media:. Maybe they just want it to be their business. Just let it be the people you actually know who knows. Other teens point to avoiding drama as a reason people kept relationships off social media.
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Because Teenager post dating more people ask questions and stuff like that. A high school girl explained:. I mean, I feel like that would be me. Occasionally, relationships are kept off social media to keep them from the prying eyes of parents.
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