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A July 2013 article, about dating on college campuses caused quite a stir amongst parents and teens.
The declines appeared across race, geographic, and socioeconomic lines, and in rural, urban, and suburban areas.
To be sure, more than half of teens still engage in these activities, but the majorities have slimmed considerably.
While there are still exclusive couples, for many teens, dating and sexuality has become more casual.
Andrew Smiler, Ph D and author of, says, “Years ago, there was a more clear structure to teen dating.
Further complicating matters are the use of electronics (computers, cell phones, etc.) and social media in the dating process.
Technology allows teens to be bolder than they would be in person — making intimate statements or sending risqué photos — because it is easy to do.
But America is shifting more toward the slower model, and the change is apparent across the socioeconomic spectrum, Twenge said.
"Even in families whose parents didn't have a college education...families are smaller, and the idea that children need to be carefully nurtured has really sunk in."The postponement of "adult activities" could not be attributed to more homework or extracurricular activities, the study said, noting that teens today spend fewer hours on homework and the same amount of time on extracurriculars as they did in the 1990s (with the exception of community service, which has risen slightly).
Today ‘hooking up’ is used more generically and can mean anything from kissing to ‘going all the way’ to something in between.
Parents may think they know what their teen means when they use the term, but really they have no idea because the definition is so varied amongst teens themselves.” Teens are also very influenced by the media.
Smiler says, “Most kids say they had their first kiss at age 14 and first sexual experience between 16 and 17.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating