Stages of teen dating relationships
' and makes dating someone more of a status than a serious commitment." Many teens see serious commitments as easier opportunities to get hurt.Rather, they might prefer hookups because there are no strings attached and there's an easy way out if things go downhill."I started using it for fun and I wasn't even taking it seriously, but you can get lucky--I found someone I'm dating." "Relationship goals" But could social media be creating unrealistic expectations for teen relationships?The popular term "relationship goals" has come to describe everything from a couple who cooks dinner together to a boyfriend and girlfriend with matching six-packs."No one at this age has an attention span long enough for a long-term relationship," said Whitney Young senior Claire Nosal, who said she uses Tinder.
"The instant gratification that comes from 'hooking up' may be followed by anxiety, shame and depression.This dynamic may be affecting what teens look for in a relationship.Ultimately, though social media may have changed the dating game, Klein said teens should continue to seek out healthy, in-person interactions in order to create the connections they crave."This quick access to 'hooking up' is limiting the ability for teens to learn how to deal with rejection, and offers a quick fix to regulate their emotions," said Sara Klein, a staff therapist at the Family Institute at Northwestern University.