Teens looking to date online don't necessarily have to turn to actual teen dating websites. Many teens choose to meet new people who have similar interests through social media platforms. A report by the Pew Research Center suggests that 50 percent of teens used Facebook or another social media site to let someone know that they were interested in them romantically. Researchers also suggest that 8 percent of teens met romantic partners online. Young adults ages use these popular sites to get to know other teens without the pressure that can come with actively pursuing a relationship.
Teens, Social Media & Technology | Pew Research Center
The survey also finds there is no clear consensus among teens about the effect that social media has on the lives of young people today. The social media landscape in which teens reside looks markedly different than it did as recently as three years ago. In , three online platforms other than Facebook — YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat — are used by sizable majorities of this age group. The shares of teens who use Twitter and Tumblr are largely comparable to the shares who did so in the survey. For the most part, teens tend to use similar platforms regardless of their demographic characteristics, but there are exceptions.
But with the popularity of apps like Tinder and Bumble, which target people 18 and older, more dating and friendship apps are popping up for juveniles. Users must be at least 13 and cannot be older than 19 to create an account. Previously called Yellow, Yubo is a free networking app aimed at helping people make new friends. While it is not marketed as a dating app, it is often described as a dating app and has appeared on lists of top teen dating apps. Users must be over 13 to create an account, according to the website, and users must haven parental permission.
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