Teenagers looking to date online don’t necessarily have to turn to actual dating websites. Many teenagers choose to meet fresh people who have similar interests through social media platforms.
Teenage Dating Websites
A 2015 report by the Pew Research Center suggests that 50 percent of teenagers used Facebook or another social media site to let someone know that they were interested in them romantically. Researchers also suggest that 8 percent of teenagers met romantic playmates online. Youthful adults (ages 18-19) use these popular sites to get to know other teenagers without the pressure that can come with actively pursuing a relationship.
For Teenage Talk: Chatpit
Chatpit is a website designed specifically for teenagers to talk and interact. While the website is suitable for teenagers who just want to suspend out and talk, it is designed as a dating website for teenagers and encourages users to flirt with each other. The site even boasts some marriages from among its users within the ten years of its existence.
Public talks on this website are observed by moderators in an attempt to make sure there are no abusive or inappropriate chatters. There is no charge to talk, but Java is required in order to access the talk rooms.
For a Traditional Dating Site Format: Flirtbox
Flirtbox is a traditional, easy-to-navigate online dating site. The minimum age to register for the site is 16 years old. There is a search option that will demonstrate you 16 to Nineteen year-olds in your area, so this is a good option if you are looking to date locally. You can also search for people using the Quick Search function or review the suggested matches provided by Flirtbox. In addition to browsing the profiles, you can also participate in talk rooms, discussions, and rate fellows and women in the Hot or Not section.
For Older Teenagers: MyLOL
MyLOL site is for users age 17 and older. The site has users from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and the United States. You can register and create an account for free. The site permits you to upload pictures as well as participate in their social network platform or talk room. There is also a mobile app that you can download to your phone. Search for people in your area by using the drop-down menu on the homepage. You can specify the gender, age and location of the type of person you’re looking for to narrow your search. You can also participate in their blogs and forums.
Websites for Socializing
Some of the best places online to meet other teenagers aren’t actually labeled as dating sites, instead, they are geared toward socializing and meeting other people with similar interests.
Instagram: Photos and Much More
Instagram began as a way to share photos with friends but has quickly evolved into a social media platform that permits users to meet fresh people. Search for people in your age range with similar interests using the “Suggested Users” function or by searching for certain hashtags that interest you.
Instagram’s usage among teenagers is steadily enlargening, so there will be slew of options to meet people using this implement. In fact, a national survey found that 76 percent of American teenagers ages 13-17 use Instagram.
Tumblr began as a platform for microblogs and has evolved into the number one social media network for teenagers. This site permits people to post pictures, poems, quotes or brief thoughts. Unlike Twitter, there is no character limit, but longer posts are unusual. Like other social networks, you can tag posts which will help other teenagers with similar interests find you. You can also use the hashtag #meetnewpeople with each of your fresh blog posts. Likewise, attempt searching for the same hashtag to see which teenagers are also looking to meet fresh people online.
A Virtual World: IMVU
IMVU permits users the chance to create 3D avatars, and explore virtual communities while talking with other users. Tho’ this website permits adult users, the minimum age to create an IMVU avatar and come in the virtual worlds is 13. IMVU takes extra precautions to protect junior users and is fairly popular with teenagers around the globe.
Join an IMVU group for teenage dating to narrow down your prospects. Registration is required to inject the IMVU community, as is a download of the IMVU software. Fresh users should understand that avatars created in IMVU are supposed to be based in fantasy, as are the virtual worlds within IMVU, so proceed with the skill that the other users you “meet” may be nothing like their avatars in real life.
Staying Safe on Dates
Meeting fresh people and dating online can be arousing but always proceed with caution:
- Don’t give out your private information online. This includes your name, address, where you work, where you go to school or who your parents are.
- Don’t meet anyone alone.
- Meet in a public place-and stay in that public place rather than leaving with your date for at least a few times if you do determine to meet.
- If you feel pressured to do something you’re not comfy with, leave.
- Trust your instincts.
- Don’t go anywhere in secret. Tell someone where you’re going, who you’re meeting and when you expect to be back.
- No drugs or alcohol is a no-brainer, but always get your drink rather than letting your date go purchase it and bring it to you. The possibility of having someone slip a date rape drug into your drink exists. This is especially true if you’re with someone you don’t know very well.
Find Your Match Online
While school gives you a pool of potential dating playmates, sometimes you just don’t click with anyone there, or the person you want to date is busy dating someone else. Finding someone online is one way to broaden your dating pool, and stop crushing on the same stud as all your friends. Plus, the one that’s right for you right now may not even go to your school. Use these tips to find your flawless match:
- Look for people who share your interests.
- Be fair.
- Post suitable pictures if you post pictures at all. Don’t post pictures of yourself that you wouldn’t want your parents, teachers, or future employers to see.
- Don’t mix up the people you’re talking to, keep lists of subjects you’ve chatted about and tidbits about their lives they’ve collective with you.
- Don’t spend numerous hours a day scouring sites for a date. Reminisce to get out and have joy while you wait for the right person to contact you or send you a message back.
Teenage dating, including online dating, can be joy but you shouldn’t limit yourself to online prospects only. You could have a nice fresh fellow in biology class. Be open to dating people you already know or see face-to-face every day. Dating is a time to explore, so don’t limit yourself when you’re looking to begin a fresh relationship.