by Marie Kauna – EMTV Online, Port Moresby
As internet use increases and access becomes very much easier for all different age groups, from the youngest to the oldest, internet problems tend to increase.
Cyber-crime, violence, pornographic materials and use of illicit languages are some of those that highlight the abuse of internet use.
A study report released by the Pew Research Centre titled ‘Teens, Technology and Romantic Relationships’, has shown how American teen between the ages of 13 to 17, use technology in their love lives.
The study reveals the “digital realm is one part of a broader universe in which teens meet, date and break up with romantic partners”.
Highlighted to pose threats for the teens in America, the same can be said of teenagers using internet in Papua New Guinea as the country is slowly advancing and adapting to the vast increasing technological changes.
According to the study, 35 per cent of the teens who have online hook-ups said they have only dated people who they met offline. Another 24 per cent of the teens are online daters, while roughly 8 per cent of all teens have dated or hooked up with people whom they first met online.
Possible outcomes often results in many who have either unfriended or blocked their dating friends or general friends on social media networks because they feel uncomfortable with their flirting conversations.