” The article gave a positive spin to the digital pursuit of a suitable mate. Even though we do basically everything online, I always thought of online dating as something older people do,” wrote college-aged blogger, Isabelle Furth.
“I was talking to a new friend and she was telling me all about her boyfriend. He sounded so great and she was so happy in her relationship.
“Most teens simply don't have the decision making skills to avoid potentially dangerous scenarios in online dating.
So Seventeen is targeting the right audience, but with potentially harmful results.” Furthermore, some say the notion of minors even feeling the need to turn to the click of a keyboard for a relationship is concerning.
When I asked her how they met, she told me she had signed up for and had met him online right away. ” “Is finding love online the way to go, or is it best to be left to chance? Some critics were shocked that online dating was being promoted to such a young demographic, especially because the potential dangers of meeting mystery men or women online, and the fact that states users must be “at least eighteen (18) years of age to register as a member or use the website,” were not even mentioned.
“They should indicate the dangers of online dating due to their young readership.
Cyber-stalkers are a serious danger to children and teens and anytime you encourage online communities for kids you have to be educated on cyber stalkers,” said Nicole Clark, teen educator and director of the documentary “Cover Girl Culture.” “Seventeen magazine is giving cyber-stalkers a gift wrapped dream present: tweens and teens who are seeking love online from someone online.” Could an article like this cause undue problems for curious minors looking for love in all the wrong places?