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Half of all teens (50%) have let someone know they were interested in them romantically by friending them on Facebook or another social media site (this represents 65% of teens who use social media), while 47% (representing 62% of social media users) have expressed their attraction by liking, commenting or otherwise interacting with that person on social media.
And just over half of teens (55%) flirt or talk to someone in person to let them know they are interested.
For instance, Latino teens are more likely than whites to say they have created a music playlist for someone they were interested in dating (14% vs. ”“Well, there was this girl who was kind of crazy for me. It was awkward and creepy and stalker-ish.” Liking old photos in people’s profiles struck many as creepy, because it revealed that the person was searching deep into your history.
A high school girl in our focus groups related her experience with uncomfortable online pursuit: “I think of stalking like if a person is constantly typing to you or something. 35%), and are also significantly more likely than girls to ask someone out via text message (27% vs. Boys and girls are equally likely to say they would ask someone out by calling them on the phone, messaging them on a social networking site or getting one of their friends to ask for them.
Facebook was mentioned 46 times in the open-ended responses to this question, while the second-most popular (Instagram) was cited only eight times. I still talk to her, but we’re not together.” And for some teens, online relationships, like offline ones, can be uncomfortable and devolve into creepy situations. Older teens ages 15 to 17 are more likely than younger teens to search for information online about current or prospective romantic partners, with 35% of older teens searching, while 16% of younger teens do so.