Teens aren't meeting their dates in real life anymore

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Well this is sad. Any wonder why more than a quarter of millennials say they would replace a human lover with a DROID?
Via NY Post: Children are happy to have online-only relationships without meeting in real life, a poll shows. One in ten say they keep things strictly digital with a friend and one in five say they would be willing to do so.
A third also spend time making pictures look perfect before posting them online, the Internet Matters survey shows. Almost half said that they always or often post images of themselves having a great time and 34 percent agreed they spent time making their images look perfect before posting.
The survey carried out by Internet Matters to highlight the importance of children building their digital resilience so they can cope independently with the ups and downs of growing up online.
Positively 41 percent of kids said they found it is easier to open up about their feelings online than face to face. And a quarter of children said they find it easier to find love on the internet – and once they do, seven out of 10 said they go online to chat with their boyfriend or girlfriend.
The new toolkits offer parents age-specific tips and an easy-to-follow video guide from psychologist and Internet Matters ambassador Dr. Linda Papadopoulos. Papadopoulos said: “These figures reveal just how much relationships have changed as a result of the internet and social media and how children are continually facing new challenges. First love has always been a minefield – and even more so in the digital age when it’s all about sharing your life online.
“With all the benefits this brings, there will be times that children need to be resilient against the bad stuff that happens.
“By building a child’s digital resilience, parents will not only help keep their child safe online but essentially empower them to navigate digital issues on their own.”
Carolyn Bunting, CEO of Internet Matters, said: “We found that the majority of children see the role the internet plays when they build relationships as a positive thing. The key thing is for parents to talk to their children, and our resources enable them to do more confidently.”
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Clownzilla
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This is symptomatic of the previous story about loneliness (in UK). Once you remove personal, human interaction there is only the cold void of space to exist in.

kommonsentsjane
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Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:
Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.
Where is the ME TOO time with your siblings or parents where you actually have a conversation and not sit at the table punching your iphone buttons to entertain yourself while being uncomfortable sitting at the table.
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the postman
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Present day teens may one day learn first-hand, the true meaning of pastor Martin Niemöller’s famous quote, the new version of which will no doubt end with the words, “Then they came for me, and wouldn’t you know it, my internet connection was down!”

Dr. Eowyn
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When they grow up, will these teens have online husbands/wives as well?

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SebastianX1/9
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The common thread of all social changes since I’ve been on this planet since the mid-1970s is this: they are abolishing physical reality. It started with “safety first,” and then moved to banning everything. Now un-mediated social interactions will be prohibited. Talking to strangers is now considered “creepy.” Mark Zuckerberg is your pimp.

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

I definitely do agree, spending one’s life on a cell phone, nearly 24/7 and making the assumption that that existence was what life was all about, is definitely to blame for this sterile–live vicariously via PC, cell phone, tablet, you name it. When parents are letting children as young as 8 (sometimes even younger) have a cell phone . . . what can you expect! This really is the saddest of all things possible.

CalGirl
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HA HA…..Cyberspace is the “new” reality/living space for our kids–“dating” or otherwise: For the last decade—I’ve not really had a parent-teacher meeting OR even an “Open House” or “Back to School Night” where the parent did NOT sit or stand there with their cell phone in their hand, “caressing” it, looking at it, etc…while we talked about their child’s future. Most times they do not have to “answer to it.” But…still….this means that their minds were NEVER far from their cell phone beckonings…above and beyond the welfare and education of their child…or their meetings with their child’s teachers…..it is BIZARRE… Read more »

Zip-ped-e-doda
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Sad to say, this appears to be a worldwide condition as 60% of eligible Japanese girls are not dating. Many are too tired to care about dating or searching for a partner. I don’t recall the publication where I read, either a book or report, around 40 years ago that the future of marriage and children would be turned upside down and a license would be required to procreate. When you think about all this transgender and homosexual nonsense the media has been pushing that it just might have something to do with population control? After all, that’s what wars… Read more »

Zip-ped-e-doda
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Thanks CalGirl – I didn’t know kids are permitted cell phones on school property. That’s terrible. Education was on a downward spiral after Jimmy Carter’s Administration kicked off the Federal Department of Education. Have you read Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt’s book, free on her website years ago about the Deliberate Dumbing Down of America? She worked in the Reagan Administration and was horrified by what she was reading in the files. Naturally, something should be done to alert the public. Each day at lunch when her girlfriend picked her up in her car, copies and newspapers accompanied her L. L. Bean… Read more »