Research + News | Topic: Relationships

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.

Social Media Affecting Teens’ Concepts of Friendship, Intimacy

Young people feel socially supported by having large networks of on-line friends they may never see. Read the full story here.

What Your Teen Is Really Doing All Day On Twitter and Instragram

A look at teens and social media and the research from danah boyd’s new book, It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens. Read the full article here.

Sexting and Sexual Behavior in At-Risk Adolescents

A research article published in Pediatrics. Download the entire report here.

The Innovation of Loneliness

What is the connection between social networks and being lonely? Watch the short video here.

What Facebook, Twitter, Tinder, Instagram, and Internet Porn Are Doing to America’s Teenage Girls

Gender roles are being affected by online social networking and Internet pornography. Read the full article here.