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Central Bucks West High School recently held a Purple Out game to show support for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and to bring awareness to intimate partner violence.
The teams wore purple socks, and shirts were sold at the door for fans.
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In fact, the very behavior that might seem silly or self-absorbed to outsiders is, for many teens, a way to build themselves a support system.
Like one young woman who participated in one of Anderson’s focus groups.
“[She’ll] wake up and she’s in this group chat with ten of her friends,” she said.
“They all send around videos and this is them talking before she even brushes her teeth in the morning.” Even playing video games is a way for young people, especially boys, to strengthen friendships.
According to Pew research, almost all teens surveyed in 2015 reported going online every day, with more than a quarter saying they were online “almost constantly.” First, teens in what is loosely called generation Z are likely using different platforms than other age groups.
Although Facebook still rules in terms of number of users, teens overwhelmingly prefer newer platforms like Snapchat and Instagram, according to a poll released this spring. While 15 percent of American adults have flirted with online dating, only 8 percent of teens reported meeting a romantic interest online.
Perhaps it’s that history that links social media with youth, even as digital communication becomes commonplace.