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)?
technology
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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