Teen dating issues? Social media may be to blame......
This guy you've been seeing says he's going out with his friends tonite, but later on, you catch a photo of him on his friend's instagram chatting with some chick you've never even seen before. They are looking pretty cozy and you start freaking out!
Life as a teenager can be a very fine balancing act, in any time period. Today, teenagers are facing more complications than past generations. There is no denying that we live in a technology-filled world. So much of everyone’s lives, including adults, are consumed with it. In some ways, this rings even more true for teenagers now and in the future. While social media can’t be blamed for all of the problems that arise in teen dating, they certainly are contributing to them. Here’s how.....
Everything Is Visible
It is common for most teenagers to have a lot of friends on social media that they have in common with others. Social media has allowed teenagers to branch out and connect with other teens they might not have otherwise met. It can be great, having this large network of people you can relate to, but, one downfall of social media is that, for the most part, everything is visible online. As long as you have friends in common, you can see every like, comment, or reaction.
This is exactly why, as teenagers who are dating, this can really add to jealousy issues. You may see the person you are dating reacting to posts of an attractive person or commenting on it. You can see if they seem to constantly interact with a certain person.
Because everything is so visible online, teenagers don’t always realize that everything they do is public. This can lead to jealousy issues in a world that already makes you feel insecure. Especially on Instagram, seeing heart reactions on posts can make any teenager feel jealous. And when jealousy rears it’s ugly head, this can have damaging consequences to an already fragile dating game.
15 years ago, this really wasn’t a thing. Not in the way that it is today. Ghosting, in today’s terms, is when you are talking to someone and they just stop responding. Stop showing up to meet with you – avoiding you at all costs. It comes on suddenly, oftentimes with no warning.
Ghosting, technically speaking, has always been a thing with each generation, it just shows itself differently. With the internet and many teenagers dating through “talking online,” this is becoming more common, and unfortunately, easier to do. Ghosting is like breaking up, except the other person receives no verbal indication that the other person wants to end it.
The Relationship Is On Display For Everyone To See
Teenagers who are dating are still trying to figure each other out and also still figuring themselves out. Yet, they are doing it in an extremely public manner.