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A majority of teens with dating experience (76%) say they have only dated people they met via offline methods.

One-quarter (24%) of teen “daters” or roughly 8% of all teens have dated or hooked up with someone they first met online.

Of those who have met a partner online, the majority met on social media sites, and the bulk of them met on Facebook.

While most teen romantic relationships do not start online, technology is a major vehicle for flirting and expressing interest in a potential partner.

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Phone calls, which are seen as the second-most acceptable way of breaking up with someone, are just as common as a breakup text; 29% of teens with relationship experience have broken up with someone over the phone, and 27% have been broken up with in this way.

Teens also use social media to express public support or approval of others’ romantic relationships.

Nearly two-thirds (63%) of teens with dating experience have posted or liked something on social media as a way to indicate their support of one of their friends’ relationships.

Some 69% of teen social media users with dating experience agree that too many people can see what’s happening in their relationship on social media; 16% of this group “strongly” agrees.

Most teens in romantic relationships assume that they and their partner will check in with each other with great regularity throughout the day.

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