Research + News | Topic: Relationships

Do Your Students Struggle With Hikikomori?

Hikikomori is a phenomenon first read about in Japan, but it has spread to other cultures such as Spain, France, Italy, and Latin America. It’s a trend describing socially withdrawn youth. Read the article here.

6 Adult Dating Apps Teens Are Using Too

Common Sense Media takes a look at the made-for-grown-ups apps that are easily accessible and increasingly trendy with teens. Read the article here.

‘More Connected, Yet More Alone’

As our society (and our lives) become more saturated with technological devices, is our “connected” culture creating a society of lonely people? Read the article here.

Many Teens Suffer ‘Cyber’ Dating Abuse, Study Suggests

Many teens are being monitored, stalked, threatened and harassed online by the people they’re dating. Read the article here.

Those Phone-Obsessed Teenagers Aren’t As Lonely As You Think

Loneliness may be part of the human condition, but social media don’t seem to be harming teenagers’ social lives. Read more here.

1 in 3 Teenagers Meet Social Media ‘Friends’ In Real Life

The BBC reports that a third of 15 to 18-year-olds in the UK have met someone in person they originally met through social media. Read the full article here.

Screen Time Makes Tweens Clueless on Reading Social Cues

How will all of this new digital screen time affect our children’s ability to socialize, talk to each other and relate in the world? Read the article here.

Young Teens Who Receive Sexts Are 6 Times More Likely To Report Having Had Sex

A new study from USC takes a look at the relationship between “sexting” and sexual behavior in early adolescence. Read the article here.

Teenagers ‘More Confident Talking to Each Other via Smartphones than Face-to-Face’

Half of teenagers are more confident expressing themselves over text or social media than a traditional face to face conversation. Read the article here.

Social Media Makes Teenagers ‘Feel Like Inadequate Star of Their Own Second-Rate Biopic’

The rise of social networking sites is putting children at greater risk of bullying and body image worries than ever before, a leading headmaster has warned. Read the full story here.