Technology plays a key role in teenage romance from initial encounters to eventual break-ups, says a US study.
Teenagers rarely meet online but do use technology for flirting, asking out, meeting up and parting, American think tank, the Pew Research Center, found.
A survey of 1,060 US teenagers aged 13 to 17 revealed that technology brings them closer but also breeds jealousy.
"Digital platforms are powerful tools for teens," said Amanda Lenhart, lead author of the report from Pew.
"But even as teens enjoy greater closeness with partners and a chance to display their relationships for others to see, mobile and social media can also be tools for jealousy, meddling and even troubling behaviour."
Digital romance, broken down
Of the 1,060 teenagers surveyed:
35% said they were currently dating and 59% of that group said technology made them feel closer to their partner
For boys who were dating, 65% said social media made them more connected to a significant other while it was 52% for girls
27% of dating teenagers thought social media made them feel jealous or insecure in relationships
50% of all teens surveyed, dating or not, said they had indicated interest by friending someone on Facebook or other social media and 47% expressed attraction by likes and comments
Texting is king - 92% of teens who were dating said they texted a partner, assuming the partner would check in with "great regularity"
Jealousy happens, but not as much as flirting does - 11% of teenage daters reported accessing a partner's online accounts and 16% reported having a partner asking them to de-friend someone
What gets discussed during all those frequent social media enabled check-ins?
According to the survey, it is mostly "funny stuff" followed by "things you're thinking about" as well as other information such as where they are and what their friends have been doing.
And forget having to meet up to resolve a conflict - 48% of dating teenagers said that could be done by texting or talking online.
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