Today, nearly half of the public knows someone who uses online dating or who has met a spouse or partner via online dating – and attitudes toward online dating have grown progressively more positive.To be sure, many people remain puzzled that someone would want to find a romantic partner online – 23% of Americans agree with the statement that “people who use online dating sites are desperate” – but in general it is much more culturally acceptable than it was a decade ago.Closeness is the bond of trust that allows partners to share secrets and feel secure in each other’s support.Commitment occurs when two people decide to stick together even when the relationship gets tough.Today’s teens see dating as more about having fun than choosing a life partner, but it is not uncommon for people to miss their first love.Some spend their entire lives wondering what could have been.Some experts believe that teens are capable of developing lasting love relationships.For “Teenagers in Love,” researcher Nancy Kalish studied first loves in historical and modern eras.
Whatever the reason, teen reactions to breakups tend to be passionate. If your teen’s grief affects her life, or she shows signs of suicidal thoughts, enlist the help of a qualified mental health worker.
According to developmental theorist Erik Erikson, the central crisis for the teen years is the search for a personal identity.
In young adulthood, the crisis shifts to the search for a fulfilling intimate relationship.
Lisa Fritscher is a freelance writer specializing in disabled adventure travel.
She spent 15 years working for Central Florida theme parks and frequently travels with her disabled father.