But 27% of teens say social media makes them feel jealous or unsure about their relationship, with 7% saying they feel this way “a lot.” Teens frown upon ending a relationship via text message, but many have experienced break-up texting.
Most teens rate an in-person conversation as the most acceptable way to end a relationship.
Teens often take steps to sever digital ties with their ex-partner after break-ups.Half (48%) of teen daters have deleted an ex-partner from their cellphone’s address book and 38% have untagged or deleted photos of themselves and a former significant other on social media, while a similar share (37%) have unfriended or blocked an ex on social media.Some 30% of teen daters say they have blocked an ex from texting them.While there are no gender differences when it comes to removing an ex from their phone contact list or blocking a former partner from texting them, teen girls with relationship experience (44%) are more likely than their male counterparts (31%) to block or unfriend an ex on social media.Findings indicated that within the past year: The study also specifically examined dating violence rates among teens who had dated within the past year (66 percent of total teens; n = 3,745).
The following percentages of dating teens reported experiencing forms of abuse: An NIJ-funded longitudinal study of 1,162 students in the Midwest examined the prevalence of several kinds of abuse that male and female middle and high school students experienced and perpetrated in teen dating relationships. About one-third of girls and boys (35 percent and 36 percent, respectively) reported experiencing physical violence in a teen dating relationship. Verbal emotional abuse was the most common form of abuse in teen dating relationships for both girls and boys: 73 percent of girls and 66 percent of boys reported experiencing at least one instance of verbal abuse in a dating relationship in high school. Teens also flirt by sharing something funny or interesting with their crush online (46%) or sending flirtatious messages (31%).Less popular flirting tactics include making their crush a music playlist (11%), sending flirty or sexy pictures or videos of themselves (10%) or making a video (7%). Nearly three-quarters (72%) of teen daters say they spend time texting with their partner daily.Aside from in-person flirting, social media is the most common way teens express interest in someone they have a crush on.Although most teen romantic relationships do not start online, digital platforms serve as an important tool for flirting and showing romantic interest.Girls are also more likely than boys to untag or delete photos from a previous relationship (46% vs.