Internet dating for teens

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At least that’s what teens said in a recent story about online romance in the student newspaper at my daughters’ suburban Maryland high school.

Still, my daughter says, talking and flirting online really isn’t the same as doing so in person.

Users can upload pictures and they can post any information about themselves that they want including how to reach them in the real world.

The sites are not monitored on an individual basis but instead operate under a complaint system.

She says that teens she knows often meet online by contacting each other through Facebook and by commenting on each other’s Twitter feeds and Instagram photos. If that person “likes” you back, it’s time for a digital chat.

Or they play around on Tinder, that popular matchmaking app that allows users to find potential matches based on their proximity to each other, a couple photos and their common interests. “If you want to talk to someone, but you’re too embarrassed to do it in real life, it’s easy to do it over the Internet instead of face to face,” she says.

It’s no surprise to learn that 81 percent of teens use social media, according to data from The Pew Research Center.

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