It was relatively rare for teens in our focus groups to talk about meeting romantic partners online. These interactions have their own unwritten – but widely understood – rules.Some teens explained that they would not trust someone they met online because of the likelihood of misrepresentation, while others were generally distrustful of all strangers online. I was dating this girl that I met through a social website that probably hardly anybody knows about. Everything from one’s choice of emoji to the spelling of the word “hey” can carry a deeper meaning.
Most of the sites claim to be for teen online dating but they are either places for pedophiles to prey upon vulnerable teens or random chat rooms.
Online datings sites are typically created with intention to encourage hookups, both casual and long term, for adults—not teens.
However, research has found a growing trend in younger people registering for online dating sites.
It is estimated that 10 percent of 18 to 24 year olds are seeking dates online.
One of the most popular dating apps, Tinder, is geared toward adults, but admits that 7 percent of it’s users are between the ages of 13 and 17.
Many adults use online dating to meet people because they are busy and their social circles tend to shrink as they get older.