Seventeen magazine promotes online dating to minors
July 27 , 2013
An article published in Seventeen Magazine, which targets young girls between the ages of 12 to 19 promoted online dating to the young demographic.
College-aged-blogger, Isabelle Furth wrote "I was talking to a new friend and she was telling me all about her boyfriend. I admit it, I was a little jealous. He sounded so great and she was so happy in her relationship. When I asked her how they met, she told me she had signed up for Match.com and had met him online right away. Now six months later, they're engaged!"
The article also asks its readers if finding love online is the way to go or is it best to leave it to chance.
Critics were surprised to realize that facts such as Match.com requires its users to be at least 18 years of age were not even mentioned in the article. Nicole Clark, teen educator and director of the documentary "Cover Girl Culture" said cyber stalkers are dangerous to children and teens.
She also said kids should be able to meet and date other people through schools and their community rather than hooking up online with people whose identities can't be verified.
However, relationship therapist Sheri Meyers mentioned some pros that online relationships might have, even for teens. Some of these benefits include shy teens developing new social skills and expanding the dating pool from just school as well as expanding their own limited self view by starting afresh.