Teens Feeling Pressure to “Grow Up” and Reveal Intimate Details Due to Social Networking According to McAfee Study

75% of teens don’t tell parents when online communications make them feel uncomfortable;
46% of teens think social media influences their boyfriends or girlfriends relationship expectations

SANTA CLARA, Calif., 2012년 5월 21일 (월) - Teenagers’ personal relationships and social interactions are becoming increasingly influenced by the Internet and social networks, according to an online teen dating survey from McAfee, the world’s largest dedicated security technology company. With 95% of all teenagers (13-17 years of age) online and 80% using social media, a third of teens state they seek love on Facebook. As a result, 34% of girls and 16% of boys are exposed to more explicit and unwanted attention. Three out of four of these teens disclosed they would not inform their parents when the communications made them feel uncomfortable, pressured or threatened.

Survey Findings:

  • 75% of teens don’t inform their parents when online communications reach uncomfortable levels (68% of girls and 19% of boys).

  • 46% of teens feel the Internet influences what their boyfriend or girlfriend expects from them in terms of relationship behavior.

  • 29% of girls say that they have experienced interactions on the Internet with members of the opposite sex that made them feel pressured, uncomfortable or threatened, compared to 18% of boys and 20% overall.

  • 34% of teen girls say that they have received unwanted attention from the opposite sex online, compared to 16% of boys.

  • 23% of all teens say that they've received unwanted attention from the opposite sex online.

  • 30% of teens seek love on Facebook with 22% still looking to find love within church communities.

Teens were quoted saying:

“…everyone (on Facebook) is putting out there what they do with their boyfriends and there is some pressure to do the same.”

Worried about never living up to the ideal represented online, one teen says, “People only put good things about themselves and put good pictures on Facebook."

Yet another teen summed it up, saying, “Everything is so public.”

Expert quote:
“Teens today increasingly face pressure to live up to peer expectations and are basically growing up faster than the normal standards,” said Stanley Holditch, online family safety advocate at McAfee. “We encourage parents to understand the different realities their teens are dealing with, and recommend they stay informed of what their kids are doing online by maintaining open dialogue with them, and monitor their online use with monitoring software.”

McAfee recommends that parents stay informed about their kid’s and teen’s online behaviors, utilize tools that block risky sites, and monitor reports for unwanted activities. These controls are available today in products such as McAfee® Safe Eyes® software, which is available online and in retail stores.

For more online safety tips and news, please visit: www.safeeyes.com, @safeeyes, www.blog.internetsafety.com, www.facebook.com/internetsafetydotcom

1 The Pew Research Center Internet & American Life Project, Internet Adoption Over Time by Teens and Adults, July 2011

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About Survey
McAfee commissioned Market Strategies International to conduct an online quantitative survey in January 2012 with over 1,000 U.S. teenagers aged 13-17.

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