Why Are More Teens Dateless at the School Dance (and What Does it Mean)?

Why Are More Teens Dateless at the School Dance (and What Does it Mean)?
Christine Huang
  • 7 october 2008

A recent Chicago Tribune article brings our attention to the increasing number of teens who are opting to attend their school dances in groups or ‘stag’ – a reflection, the Tribune suggests, of the changing way teens view personal relationships and romance in the age of social networking sites, SMS and instant messaging.  Social media expert Danah Boyd offers a compelling argument that challenges the article’s technology-as-culprit POV, pointing out that larger cultural shifts and the evolution of mating behavior are dictating changes in teen relations – not the internet. Boyd contests:

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